Voters in Arizona responded overwhelmingly to a request Monday from Dr. Kelli Ward, Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, to call the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and urge them to audit votes from the presidential election.
The GOP leadership has been locked in an ongoing standoff with the board members after they defied subpoenas from the state legislature for election-related materials and equipment.
“Maricopa Board of Supervisors are pleading to make the phone calls stop, the state GOP tweeted late Monday night. “They have had to put more staff on the phones to keep the lines up and operating. Hopefully they figure out soon that an audit is all the voters want. Do that small thing, the phone calls will end quick!”
The board’s staff has been telling voters they can’t do an audit because they are too busy “protecting the voters,” according to another tweet from the state GOP.
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.”
The board did not obey the subpoenas ordering them to deliver the materials before 5 p.m. on Friday Dec 18. Instead, the supervisors voted 4-1 to file a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday, claiming the subpoenas were unlawful.
A judge threw out a lawsuit last Wednesday filed by the Senate lawmakers aimed at forcing the board members to comply with the subpoenas.
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.
Ward released a video message Monday saying: “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.”
“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,” the state chairwoman told voters.
Now what we’ve seen is that the county attorneys, the Secretary of State — remember the Democrat Secretary of State 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.”