Wednesday, March 3, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Senate Republicans on audit of election equipment, ballots
"On Friday, a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Senate, that its subpoenas are legal and enforceable, and the Senate is entitled to audit voting equipment and ballots used in the November election. Monday, the Senate received notice of the imminent delivery of those machines and ballots. We were shocked when we were told that attorneys for the Maricopa County Board recommended doing something like this, potentially breaking the chain of custody of the ballots. The attorney for the Senate immediately contacted the county, reasserting that the Senate felt the best way to maintain the security of machines and ballots was to leave them at the county and have the independent auditors come to them, as was done with the first two audits.
President Fann and Board Chairman Jack Sellers are keeping in close contact, working on a mutual arrangement to keep the ballots safe and secure as the firm performs a detailed audit while ensuring the people's ballots are secure. Our citizens expect nothing less."