PHOENIX — Sen. Warren Petersen (R) introduced a bill yesterday granting the express authority to the Arizona legislature to subpoena ballots, election equipment and information from counties – all amid a battle between Republican leaders and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, over an audit of the county’s receipts relating to the 2020 election.
The county hired outside auditors to tryto show the county’s election was fair, but many who have doubts about its integrity are calling the effort a charade, even before the findings are announced. (USA Today)
Earlier this week, State GOP Rep. Mark Finchem told OANN, “The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has done everything they can to stall, delay, [and] obfuscate. They claim they were negotiating in good faith when indeed they weren’t.”
Last week, the Senate fell one vote short of finding the county in contempt, just days after the county board asked a judge to quash the subpoenas. The Bill is described as “an insurance policy,” which would ensure the senate could enforce the subpoenas just in case a judge rules otherwise.
Senate Republicans want to do their own audit, including a hand count of about 26% of mail-in ballots — something that the county’s new audit does not do.
The senators nearly held the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt earlier this month — raising the possibility of one group of elected officials arresting another group of elected officials — for not providing the ballots in response to a Senate-issued subpoena.
BREAKING: Bill to Force Maricopa County Audit Passes AZ Senate https://t.co/ZiTLePKCqZ— The Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) February 19, 2021