More than half a year has gone by since voters finished casting their ballots in November’s nationwide election, but some questions still remain about the integrity of the electoral process, including in Arizona, where the Republican-controlled state Senate just scored a huge victory in their pursuit of the truth.
The Arizona legislature first issued a subpoena last December for voting records in the state’s Maricopa County as part of what Phoenix’s KPNX described as an effort to “toss out Joe Biden’s victory” in the Grand Canyon State. After a lengthy court battle, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday that a judge has finally ordered the county’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) to comply.
“It’s taken the Senate 2 1/2 months to win in court to uphold our right to issue subpoenas for election materials, and another six weeks of researching to select the audit team to perform the full forensic audit,” state Senate President Karen Fann said, according to the Examiner.
Fann went on to charge that “the Maricopa BOS has refused to allow us to perform the audit at their facilities, and has gone so far as to refusing to even answer simple questions such as, ‘How are the ballots sequestered?'”
A “full forensic audit”
In the end, state Republicans “booked Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds” for the audit, which was set to begin Monday, according to KPNX.
The venue was reportedly booked through May 14.
“The Arizona Senate and the auditors have no ‘expectations’ of findings,” Fann said, according to the Examiner. “We are performing the full forensic audit to either dispel our voters’ concerns or, if a problem is uncovered, we must fix the problems before the next election.”
Fann made clear: “We hope there is no intentional illegal tampering but, if found, we will turn the information over to the state and federal attorney generals for their further legal action, and we will proceed to make the appropriate corrections.”
The Republican lawmaker concluded by expressing her hope that the audit “will help us understand how to correct those errors,” the Examiner reported.
Last year, Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Arizona since Bill Clinton did so in 1996. According to Fox News, Biden won by a margin of 0.3%.
According to the Examiner, a spokesperson for Maricopa County said the county wasn’t trying to resist the audit, but merely trying to “seek clarity.”
The spokesperson said the county had failed to turn over “voted ballots, tabulators, and other subpoenaed material because the County did not believe it was lawful for it to do so.” Now, however, they don’t have a choice but to let the auditors find the truth. At long last.