The battleground state of Arizona is gearing up for a major audit of ballots from the state’s largest and most contested county. For months, state Republicans have been blocked from accessing the ballots, but a recent court win changed their fate.
Arizona’s Republican-led Senate have been issuing subpoenas against Maricopa County since December 2020 in an effort to access the information and equipment needed to perform a complete audit of ballots. Democrats have routinely balked at Republican insistence that fraud potentially occurred during the November election.
Late last week an Arizona judge validated the Republican’s right to issue the subpoenas, clearing the path for a “total” review of the Maricopa county’s entire handling of the 202 election. Included in the subpoena is the right to include “testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count, and checking for any IT breaches.”
Arizona Republican currently closing in on the final details of how to conduct the audit, with lawmakers ironing out how exactly to prevent Democrats from sabotaging their efforts.
However, Republican leaders have not made any claims as to the extent of voter fraud, or even if voter fraud occurred.
“We have never accused anyone of fraud or misconduct, whether it be the hardware, software, or actions of personnel. We hope there is no intentional illegal tampering but, if found, we will turn the information over to the state and federal attorney generals for their further legal action, and we will proceed to make the appropriate corrections.”
Arizona became one of the most controversial swing states of the election after it was called early in the evening for now-President Joe Biden by the “conservative” Fox News. A stream of 3am ballots helped Biden edge a victory by razor-thin margins.
Author: Asa McCue