Maricopa County Board Refuses to Answer Questions on Election, Calls to End Audit
Chairman Jack Sellers said he would not be answering questions
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has said they will refuse to answer questions raised by the Arizona Senate President Karen Fann regarding the audit of the 2020 presidential election.
Not only has the board refused to address concerns, but they have also even called for the audit to end.
Chairman Jack Sellers said he would not be answering questions regarding November’s election, which the board helped oversee.
“We are here under some bizarre circumstances to discuss responding to an unfortunate letter from the president of the Arizona state Senate,” he said.
Sellers added he wouldn't be responding to particulars contained in Fann’s letter.
“This board is done explaining anything to these people who are playing investigator with our constituents’ ballots and equipment, paid for with real people’s tax dollars,” Sellers said.
“It’s time to be done with this craziness and get on with our county’s critical business.”
“I want to keep this part of the circus as short as possible. We will be reviewing the response to the state Senate president’s attempt at legitimizing a grift disguised as an audit.”
Sellers stated at the conclusion of the meeting:
"As chairman of this board, I just want to make it clear, I will not be responding to any more requests from this sham process. Finish what you’re calling an audit and be ready to defend a report in a court of law. We all look forward to it.”
The board has taken the Senate to court multiple times since the Senate Judiciary Committee first issued subpoenas requesting materials relating to the election last year.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled earlier this year the Senate has the authority to review the materials requested.
“There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas,” Thomason wrote in his opinion.
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“The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections.”
The board, however, has not been willing to recognize that authority.
Fann’s letter to the board last Wednesday highlighted “serious issues” about the audit, which began April 23, has uncovered.
"A significant number of instances in which there is a disparity between the actual number of ballots contained in a batch and the total denoted on the pink report slip accompanying the batch.”
Fann wrote, Maricopa County “has not provided any chain-of-custody documentation for the ballots.”
She also had questions regarding how the ballot boxes were sealed and why an entire election database appeared to be missing.
The letter requested a Tuesday meeting to discuss the concerns raised.
But Sellers and the board said they would not be attending the meeting and issued a letter offering an explanation.
The head of the companies contracted to conduct the audit, and Senate audit liaison and former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett updated on the progress of the audit.
The board refused to turn over county routers that auditors have requested in order to ensure voting tabulators were not online during the election.
Officials cited security concerns about such information falling into the wrong hands.
The board members concluded their letter calling for the audit to cease.
“You, Senate President Fann, are the only one with the power to immediately end it. We implore you to recognize the obvious truth: your ‘auditors’ are in way over their heads,” they wrote.
“It is time to end this. For the good of the Senate, for the good of the country, and for the good of the Democratic institutions that define us as Americans.”
Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward said the board's actions were a “political circus unparalleled in the history of Arizona.”
“Why do these local officials believe that they alone are acting in good faith while at the same time questioning the motives and character of those who disagree with them?” Ward asked.