(AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Senate are moving ahead with their threat to pass a contempt resolution finding Maricopa County has failed to comply with a subpoena demanding access to elections equipment and ballots cast in the November election.
The Senate Rules committee plans to meet Wednesday afternoon to start the procedure for introducing the resolution. Timing on a full Senate vote is unclear.
If the resolution passes, board members could be jailed for failing to comply.
The Republican-dominated board on Tuesday again refused to comply with subpoenas GOP lawmakers issued as they try to show that fraud or other election misdeeds led to Democratic President Joe Biden’s win in the state. Courts rejected eight lawsuits filed by backers of former President Donald Trump after his loss, finding there was no evidence that he did not lose.
The Senate has demanded access to voting machines and all 2.1 million ballots cast in the election. The board has said it can’t comply because ballots are sealed by law and the voting machines the Senate wants to examine need to remain secure.
Statements from Vice Chairman @billgatesaz and Supervisor @Steve_Gallardo regarding the effort to hold the Board of Supervisors in contempt of the Arizona Senate for not turning over 2.1 million ballots cast in the November election. pic.twitter.com/hhB7uq0RAh
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) February 3, 2021
The Arizona Senate plans to arrest the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors because they won’t hand over ballots and machinery for an election audit. https://t.co/RoLPRiTslk
— azcentral opinions (@azcopinions) February 4, 2021