Arizona lawmaker raises the possibility of a resolution to “reclaim electors” following Maricopa County audit

Last week, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann revealed that the tally of the 2020 election audit of Maricopa County did not “match” the county’s initial tally. This raises the question of how the Arizona Senate intends to proceed if this audit does find problems with the 2020 election. One state lawmaker just provided an answer to this question.

The Washington Examiner reports Arizona state Senate Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli as stating that the Arizona senate might introduce a resolution to “reclaim electors” if the Maricopa County audit raises serious enough questions about the outcome of the 2020 election. 

One possible outcome of the Maricopa County audit

Borrelli said that certain things would have to happen before the Arizona senate would move to “reclaim electors.”

One such thing is evidence that “there’s no way to certify” the Maricopa County 2020 election results. Another, Borrelli said, would be that Maricopa County officials are “not coming to us with answers to any of the questions that we have, or we can’t come up with a definitive conclusion.”

“So, therefore, if you can’t come up with a definitive solution or conclusion, then how can this thing be certified in the first place?” Borrelli said.

At that point, Borrelli said that he believes ” the only thing we could do going forward once we get the full report done is reclaim the electors, but that will take a resolution to do so.”

He added, though, that the Arizona senate is “prepared” to take that step if the above conditions are met.

Background

President Joe Biden officially won the state of Arizona by roughly 10,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election. Maricopa County propelled him to that victory. But, since then, many, including former President Donald Trump, have questioned the Maricopa County result.

Audits were conducted and found no wrongdoing. But, Arizona Republicans weren’t exactly convinced by the results of these Democrat-led audits. So, the Republicans of Arizona’s senate launched an audit of their own.

Last week, Fann revealed that the audit tally did not “match” with Maricopa County’s initial count. Other than that, though, we don’t know anything about the results of the audit. The audit stalled last week with the auditors telling the Arizona senate that more information is needed to complete the review.

Fann, like Borrelli, has also suggested that reclaiming the electors could be one possible solution if the audit found wrongdoing. But, Fann also noted that this would be an uphill battle.

The process would require both Arizona’s senate and house to pass a resolution to reclaim the electors. Then, the resolution would be sent to the U.S. Congress, which would decide on how to proceed. And, with Democrats running the show in D.C., we all know how that would go.

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