Unfortunately, after a loss of physical custody and control, no comprehensive methods exist to fully rehabilitate the compromised equipment or provide adequate assurance that they remain safe to use. — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
We won’t use any of the returned equipment unless the county, state and vendor are confident there’s no malicious hardware or software installed on those devices. — Megan Gilbertson, Communications Director for Maricopa County’s Elections Department
I find Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ concerns overstated. The voting machines would need to be inspected for physical modifications. The software should be be checked for changes and reloaded if necessary. The machines should be retested. Election officials should have the same concerns about new equipment from the manufacturer, which should be inspected and tested for proper operation. Recertifying the voting machines may be costly, but not likely as costly as replacing them.