Arizona GOP tells voters to call Maricopa County Board over subpoena standoff

Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party Dr. Kelli Ward gave an update Monday on an ongoing battle with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors after it defied subpoenas from the state legislature for election-related materials and equipment.

Ward released a video message explaining: “I’m frustrated. I’m sure you’re frustrated. I’m frustrated because things are taking so long that we are not getting any relief after the Board of Supervisors has been subpoenaed by the state legislature and they are ignoring it. It is extremely frustrating.”

A judge threw out a lawsuit last Wednesday filed by the Senate lawmakers aimed at forcing the board members to comply with a subpoena demanding access to voting machines, copies of all mail ballots and other materials from the presidential election for a full forensic audit.

Superior Court Judge Randall Warner said they did not follow the appropriate procedures to enforce a legislative subpoena, but he invited them to refile their case.

The lawsuit was filed by Senate President Karen Fann and Sen. Eddie Farnsworth, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. They requested that the judge issue a writ of mandamus, which requires public officers to perform an official act required of their positions.
The ruling has thwarted the lawmakers’ efforts to access materials in time to audit them and send a report to Congress before Electoral College votes are counted on Jan. 6.

The GOP Chairwoman told voters: “That’s why I, and the other 10 electors of our state for Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence, filed to intervene in their lawsuit. Now what we’ve seen is that the county attorneys, the Secretary of State — remember the Democrat Secretary of State [Katie Hobbs] who called all Trump supporters Nazis, and the Board of Supervisors — their tactic is delay, delay, delay.”

“What I’m going to ask you is for some action today. I want each and every one of you to call the Board of Supervisors. Call all five members — the four Republicans and the Democrats. Let them know we want them to comply with the subpoena, and while you’re calling, call Governor Doug Ducey,” Ward urged.

“Call Governor Ducey and urge him — demand — that he call the legislature back into session early. The session is scheduled to start on January 11th, in just two weeks. Call the legislature back in early so that they can address this in the manner that the Constitution demands and let our legislators get to the bottom of what happened in our elections in Arizona.

“What do they have to hide? What do they have to hide folks?” Ward asked. “Let’s get into session. Let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s have election integrity and let’s keep up the fight, because when we fight for President Trump we’re fighting for America.”

Senate Republicans served subpoenas to the supervisors earlier this month demanding access to copies of the more than 2 million ballots cast by Maricopa County voters during the 2020 general election and other election-related records, logs and reports.
The subpoenas also call for access to the equipment used to tabulate those ballots and the software that ran the equipment for “forensic analysis.”