Maricopa County witness testified that not even IT staff were allowed access to voting machines

by WorldTribune Staff, May 12, 2021

Last week, Arizona audit director Ken Bennett told One America News that Dominion Voting Systems had refused to comply with a subpoena to turn over passwords to its Maricopa County voting machines.

Witness testimony from a state legislature hearing on November 30, 2020 may explain why Maricopa County officials did not have the passwords or access to the Dominion machines.

Jan Bryant

Maricopa County elections witness Jan Bryant testified under oath that not even county IT staff were allowed access to the machines, according to a report by The Gateway Pundit.

Bryant, who worked for six days at the Maricopa County Election Center, said she witnessed Dominion employees with a laptop computer in the counting room.

During questioning by Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem, Bryant said there were daily election ballot deliveries to the center by Runbeck Election Services. According to witness testimony, these deliveries happened from Nov. 3 to at least Nov. 10.

Repeated explanations by supervisors at that time was that “Runbeck has high speed scanners,” the witness said.

According to Bryant, she was told the ballots were scanned offsite by Runbeck and then delivered to the Maricopa County Election Center.

Transcript from Bryant’s testimony:

Jan Bryant: …ten days before they quit tabulating they thought they were done. And then more truck loads of ballots would come in. And I’m like, how can you not know how many ballots are still out there.

State House Rep. David L. Cook: Mr. Chairman I’m sorry. WOULD YOU REPEAT THAT. They thought they were done, and then there was WHAT?

Jan Bryant: They thought they were done multiple times. Multiple times the people that were running the rooms thought they were done (counting ballots), or almost done. Or were gonna be done Wednesday morning (Nov. 4th), then Thursday morning (Nov. 5th), then Friday morning. Then it went on the whole next week. And I’m like, I asked the question, You don’t know how many ballots are still left to come in? I don’t know who does, again…process…project management, but zero.

State House Rep. Mark Finchem: On that point Ma’am, I’m tracking with you but, what day did the truck show up?

Jan Bryant:Every day, yeah, every day.

Mark Finchem: OK. Just a minute. I want to make sure we capture this properly. So there were trucks that showed up on the 3rd, and then the 4th, and then the 5th, and how long did that go on. How many days?

Jan Bryant: I wasn’t there the whole last week. My last day was the 10th and they were still coming in. They were coming from a company called Runbeck, that does the high speed scanning and printing of duplications, and I think the military ballots. And now I’m getting out of my comfort level here talking about this. I don’t know what they are doing but those ballots are coming in from a high speed scanning company called Runbeck that…. apparently you haven’t heard of Runbeck.

Mark Finchem: No, I’ve heard of Runbeck Ma’am. What I’m trying to figure out is whether they printed them or if they scanned them. And if they scanned them offsite, to what purpose?

Jan Bryant: I can’t tell you.

Mark Finchem: Wasn’t that your job to scan them? I mean, not your job, but the (MCTEC).

Jan Bryant: No, all the high speed scanning happens at Runbeck. So, those ballots go to Runbeck. As far as I know there were no observers there. I don’t know. I never got called to work at Runbeck. That’s all I can tell you.

Mark Finchem: OK, with all do respect Mr. Cook, now we’ve now opened up a whole new can of worms.

Jan Bryant: And again I don’t know enough about it to be the witness.

Mark Finchem: No that’s fine. Your observation is useful here. What you telling me is the scanning wasn’t actually done on site at a Maricopa County structure. It was done someplace else.

Jan Bryant: Where they have very high speed scanners.

Mark Finchem: Right now I really don’t care what the speed is. I want to know were they Dominion scanners?

Jan Bryant: No, no, I don’t think it has anything to do with Dominion.

Mark Finchem: I’m trying to understand what was the purpose of scanning them in advance of them being tabulated on the Dominion equipment.

Jan Bryant: They were duplicate, duplications. The ballots that wouldn’t read through the tabulation machines. They were ballots that came in from Military and overseas. But there were more ballots than that. So I don’t know where the rest of them were coming from. Because they kept bringing trays of them in. So I don’t know where they were coming from. That’s a question for the county employees to explain to you, where those ballots came from that whole next week. I don’t know where they came from.

Rudy Giuliani: So you were there from Nov. 3rd through the 10th. Seven days later (after election) ballots were still coming in.

Jan Bryant: Yes.

Rudy Giuliani: Were those ballots counted?

Jan Bryant: I watched them go through the tabulation machines. And I watched people working on the adjudication of those ballots.

Rudy Giuliani: And how many ballots…

Jan Bryant: Oh, I don’t know.

Rudy Giuliani: What was the largest number you saw in one day. Just a guess. How many cartons?

Jan Bryant (06:58:13): OK, there was….I wasn’t there…there was usually 2 or 3 shifts. I wanna say one day they thought 90,000 was a good number, for a shift. And if they were running multiple shifts a day. It was somewhere between the 3rd and the 10th.

State Sen. Sylvia Allen: Ms Bryant, I’m curious, why did the county on the last days you were there, brought in county employees to take part in, being part of the observers?

Jan Bryant: They weren’t observing they were actually adjudicating. So they were doing. I think they just need all hands on deck. I mean, that was the intent, was to get the work done and finish counting because they kept thinking they were done and.

Senator Allen: I was thinking they were working to make up for the lack of not having Republicans. So were we (Republicans) short of having volunteers to go in and observers in Maricopa.

Jan Bryant: I don’t believe so. There was always at least two of us in the tabulation center and at least one in one of the other rooms like signature verification. What the (county) employees were doing was the adjudication work which also requires two different parties to adjudicate each ballot. So you had to have at least 2 of the 3 parties to do that. So that’s what the county employees were doing at the end. They brought them on just to help with the backlog.

State House Rep. Bret Roberts: You got to a point where they continued to say they didn’t know where these trucks of ballots were coming from.
Jan Bryant: It’s not that they didn’t know. It’s that they didn’t know how many were still coming.

Bret Roberts: I assume at this point in time these were not early ballots in any way shape or form. I’m just kind of curious, did anything stand out to you as far as these new ballots, didn’t know where they were coming from, as far as a physical appearance in any way?

Jan Bryant: No. Everything… they just looked like ballots. Just kept coming. They all came in the same bins.

View the Nov. 30 hearing in its entirety here

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