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Arizona Legislature Election Hearing: ‘We Saw Trump Ballots Default to Biden’

Linda Brickman speaking before a select committee of the Arizona Legislature (YouTube screenshot)

Linda Brickman speaking before select members of the Arizona Legislature (YouTube screenshot)

PHOENIX, AZ — The following testimony was offered on Monday by Arizona resident Linda Brickman before select members of the Arizona Legislature. Brickman said she personally witnessed problems with certification of the Dominion voting machines; haphazard voter signature verification; conflicting instructions to poll workers; and manipulation with the voting machines.

Brickman also said she and other workers were scolded for expressing their concerns, and threatened with expulsion from the work areas if they told anyone of the problems they had witnessed.

The six-hour-long hearing was held at the at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

“My name is Linda Brickman and I want to thank you, all of you, legislators, Chairman, and Mr. Mayor, for letting me come forward and be able to speak today.

“Effective November 12, 2020, as the first vice-chair of Maricopa County Republican committee (MCRC), by operation of law, upon the resignation of the chairman, I took over the performance of the chairman’s duties.

“I was notified by Ray Valenzuela – Director of Elections – that the logic and accuracy L&A certification of the Dominion voting systems would take place on November 23. With limited notice, I was later notified the date was moved to November 18, 2020 at 10am.

“There will be about 11 issues that I need to share with you today.

“For a little background: I arrived at Maricopa County tabulations and election center (MCTEC) prior to 10 o’clock a.m. for what was supposed to be the morning turn on inspection of the Dominion software and equipment. However, it took some eight hours before the two formal L&A certifications were completed – with mixed results.”

CERTIFICATION PROBLEMS

“We began in the BCC or tabulation room, where the Dominion software and machines were set up ready for actual testing.

“There are about eight or nine regular versus high speed machines set to tabulate all the numbers from the test ballots. As part of the SOS or Secretary of State’s elections office, the L&A certification, and one mainframe computer plugged into the wall, and a computer technicians workstation with a desktop computer to transfer results from the individual tabulators and into the server. This mainframe machine that I observed was to calculate all the test ballots and add up the zeros to get the grand total of all eight or nine machines that totaled the ballot count, supposedly equaling zero.

“The problems that occurred, almost from the start, with the SOS certification:

“For example, a number of the ballots could not be read by the tabulator machines. At least one or more that tabulators broke down and portions had to be replaced. Incorrect information had been inputted into each tabulator earlier that morning, and the wrong files were loaded up into the mainframe by the computer technician. And neither the SOS Secretary of State staff, nor the computer technician, were able to quickly resolve the problems. Instead we were all alerted that it might take an hour or more to work things out.

“So we all adjourned at two o’clock to take lunch.

“At approximately 2pm, I asked if the problems were resolved, and what had happened? Instead I was informed that the machines were not calculating correctly, and all the machines had to be shut down during the lunch break, and reset. And they we’re going to start on a brand new test.

“About an hour-plus later the ballots were run into the tabulators and printouts of the results in the form of a cashier’s tape, were received by me and others. Then the memory sticks from each tabulator were removed and handed to the computer technician for loading into the server, along with other relevant files, as we were told.

“Printouts were then generated by the Dominion server, and county chairs from the three county political parties, as well as other observers, began comparing the individual voting totals tabulated for accuracy. Once completed, the county chairs were asked to fill out and sign the certification for the SOS – L&A.

“As for Ray Valenzuela, the Director of Elections, and other observers, they were asked to sign if they insisted, but only as an observer capacity, and not in an official capacity.

“Then it came time for us to sign the certification.

“Based on the issues described above, the SOS – L&A test, and my familiarity with reports from other states Secretary of State’s – for example Texas – and other information that I had, and that I turned over to the BOS, which is the Board of Supervisors, I went ahead, and signed and denied certification – writing on the form:

“Certification denied. Linda Brickman MC Maricopa County Chairman.”

“We then began the second. But this one was conducted by Maricopa County election staff, and on separate Dominion voting tabulation machines. This was a similar process with results going to the server, and reports were then again printed out. But for whatever problems or irregularities that surfaced during the first SOS test, they did not manifest this time. And then for the same reasons noted above, I denied certification, writing on the Maricopa County:

“Certification denied. Linda Brickman MC Maricopa County, Chairman.”

“I also have copies of all the ballots counted with copies available upon request later.

“Again my reasons, as noted, were above my firsthand observations of the flaws and irregularities in the SOS – L&A tabulating and calculating of the Dominion software. The unexplained turning off the computer system, and doing a reset versus a correction. And the over five hours for the SOS test, and results review, plus my lack of faith in the second L&A test. We could see the machines, but we could not see or observe the software behind the machine to confirm what had really gone on.

“As a veteran county elections worker who actually worked the election, both during the August primary and the general from 10-19-20 to 11-11-20, working on signature verification room, duplication room, adjudication room, ABC room, and the hand count audit, let me share at least six irregularities that I personally observed.”

SIX IRREGULARITIES

“Number one: Signature verification standards were constantly being lowered by supervisors in order to move more quickly and process the higher amount of early and mail-in ballots from approximately 15 points of similarities – where you see a rounded L or a straight line – a number of different similarities that we were told (there may be an hour process of training prior to all this beginning) – from the 15 points of similarities, reduced to a minimum of three, lowered to one. And ultimately – none.

“Just pass each signature verification through,” we were told. “Too many rejections have already been turned in and reviewed. We need to move more quickly.”

“This is not the way an election should be run. Where’s the integrity?

“Two: Alleged signatures and challenged signatures on envelopes where the signature was completely different from the person and the name as listed voter. These were let through and approved by supervisors, so the ones who signed the envelopes were not the actual voter, but these were allowed to go through with “Maricopa County Verified” stamped on the outside of each affidavit envelope.

“Three: Challenge runs, or batches of envelopes for signatures – verification observed by me to be the exact same handwriting on the affidavit envelopes. And these were on various ballots. I saved the ballot number, and I believe I’ve turned it in, if not I do you have that information. There were at least 30 ballots that I saw at one time that were all signed by the same handwriting, but on different voters names.

“When I asked if the county attorney would be alerted for possible fraud, I was told ‘No, but supervisors would take care of it.’

TRUMP VOTES FLIPPED TO BIDEN

“In the dupes room – number four:

“This is the duplication room. I observed with my Democratic partner, the preparation of a new ballot, since your original one was soiled or wouldn’t go through the tabulators. I read her a Trump Republican ballot, and as soon as she entered it into the system, the ballot defaulted on the screen to a Biden Democratic ballot.

“We reported this to the supervisors and others in the room commented that they had witnessed the same manipulation. We were never told what – if any corrective action was taken. All I know is the next day I was called outside the room that I was working in signature verification by the supervisor saying, “I understand you caused some problems this week and saying that you thought our machines were not working correctly.”

“I was the one that was being scolded. And I was told me at that point in time I could not discuss anything or talk about what was going on, as many people were threatened, because they were told that their voices would be suppressed. They would have to leave the room, and not work there again.

“I’m here because I think this is our duty to speak the truth and hear the truth.

“Number five, election office observers:

When it became apparent that more and more early and mail-in ballots needed to be processed, I mentioned that the current role of the number of observers per party was not adequate. One per party unless all parties agreed to more. And since the governor refused to call the legislature into session for whatever his reasons – and little incentive for the Democrats to agree to a higher adequate number – there was no way that one observer party, who were forced to the back of the room, or to have to watch behind a closed in wall or a see through wall, would have legitimate opportunity to see what election workers are actually seeing in real time. And doing especially where up to 20 or more workers processing tests, sometimes in 10 seconds or less. And I personally observed most observers acting clueless, and did not believe any of them even recognized the challenges that I was referencing above.”

TRUMP VOTES NOT COUNTED

“Number six, one of the most egregious:

“In both the duplication and adjudication rooms, which I worked, I observed the problem of Trump votes, with voters, checking the bubble through vote for Trump, but also writing in the name Donald Trump under the write-in candidate and checking the bubble next to his handwritten name again, as a duplicated vote. And this would continue on as an over-vote, which means no vote was counted at all – despite the policy having been changed to allow these over-votes. Supervisors contradicted their own policies, where the intent was clear.

“Ray Valenzuela, Director of Elections told me openly, the morning of the Dominion certification November 18 2020, that this was incorrect; the supervisors were terribly mistaken, and as an adjudicator, I was instructed incorrectly; that these many votes should have been counted and not turned away as an over-vote.

“Chairman Finchem, legislators, Mayor (Giuliani); I am here today, again – not as an expert in the Dominion software – but I’m here as a voter in Maricopa County, who wants to hear and speak the truth. Even though myself and many others have been suppressed to speak before you now.

“There should be integrity in our voting, and our voting electorate.

“Voting is not a right.

“Voting is not a privilege.

“Voting is not an option.

“Voting is an obligation for every legal American citizen.

“God Bless America, and God Bless Donald Trump.”


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