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Statement from Senate Republicans on court filing by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Monday, February 8, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




Statement from Senate Republicans on court filing by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors


"Friday evening the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filed a complaint in Superior Court, seeking to quash our legal subpoenas calling for a true, independent and detailed audit of the 2020 election. In the stunning complaint, the county backtracks on several commitments made in an agreement with the Senate.


· In January, the county admitted the Senate had a valid legislative purpose to issue subpoenas. Now, in the complaint, the county denies a valid legislative purpose.


· In January, the county agreed to produce ballot images to the Senate. Now, in the complaint, it claims it is legally prohibited from producing the images.


· In December, the county adopted a clear view of the Senate's right to hold the Board of Supervisors in contempt. Now, in the complaint, the county asks the judicial branch to interfere with the legislative branch's previously conceded remedy of contempt.


This new lawsuit is filled with a mischaracterization of facts to gain advantage with the courts and the media. Instead of making efforts to reach a resolution, the county is trying to score points.


Arizonans are asking for a true, detailed audit of the vote. Any firm hired by the Senate will perform everything we have required in the subpoenas. We must bring back confidence and restore integrity to the election process. That's what our people want, not more grandstanding from the county."


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