The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has reached a settlement with the Arizona Senate over the review of the 2020 general election.
Arizona Central reported that the county has agreed to answer the Senate’s questions about its routers, and has said that it will no longer seek Senate repayment for potentially compromised voting machines. After being agreed upon in a 4-1 vote by the county’s board of supervisors, this agreement put an end to weeks of debate over Maricopa County potentially losing a large chunk of money from the state.
The county has been fighting Senate leaders for months about the Senate’s review of the county’s 2020 election. The audit concluded back in July, and the results are expected to be released this coming Thursday. While the county willingly handed over election ballots, voting machines, and other information that was subpoenaed by the Senate for the review, it refused to hand over the routers, claiming that doing so would be a security risk to the county operations.
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Last month, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warned that he would withhold state funding to the county if the supervisors didn’t hand over the routers and other election information by September 27. If this were to have happened, the county estimated that it would have had to cut 42% of its budget.
“It’s a win for transparency and also a win for protecting sensitive information in Maricopa County,” supervisor Bill Gates said of the agreement.
“The Senate will finally get the answers to questions asked for in subpoenas issued to the County months ago,” added Republican Senate President Karen Fann, according to The Associated Press.
Supervisor Steve Gallardo was the one vote against the agreement, arguing that the county should not act in good faith with a group that is “not rational.”
“We are dealing with bullies,” he said, referring to the senators that filed the subpoenas. “We are dealing with folks who will not stop at any length.”
Gallardo went on to say that the county’s agreement with the Senate will only further the “big lie” that the county’s election was not accurate.
“This conspiracy will never stop,” he said.
Fann, however, thinks that supporters of the audit will be happy with the agreement.
“A huge win for the Arizona Senate and the audit,” she said on Friday, adding that this was “a victory for election integrity and the Arizona taxpayer.”
HUGE win for the Az Senate today! Maricopa settlement gives us all the data needed to complete the review of the routers & splunk log to the most comprehensive election audit in history. We got everything we need and more. Maricopa County goes home with its tail between its legs
— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) September 18, 2021
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Millions of Americans still believe that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. They certainly will not be happy to see that Maricopa County is giving in on this issue.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 18, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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