Arizona’s vote count continues to be under scrutiny. Fearless and tireless GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward has kept the pressure on for getting a full audit of the Arizona ballots and machines. She now has considerable support in the Arizona Senate.
For over a month there have been charges of machine malfunctions or outright fraud in public hearings held on November 30. The current standoff is between the Senate and the Maricopa Board of Supervisors (four out of five of which are Republicans). First, the Board rejected calls for an audit. Arizona’s senators then reminded them they did not have the authority to make that call. When the Board continued its obstructionism, and the Senate issued a subpoena for the voting machines. According to GOP majority whip Sonny Borrelli, the Board continued to drag its feet until forced into court. On January 13, the judge, Timothy Thomason—as has been common across the country—did not want to rule in a political case. On January 13, he refused to order the County to hand over the election data as per a legislative subpoena but instead wanted the parties to “sit down and work this out.” He said he’d give both sides a week to reach a deal before again taking up the Senate’s request to enforce the subpoenas. Included in the subpoenas are both hand count audits and machine audits.
According to Borrelli, the Board wanted to use ProV&V, an Election Assistance Commission (EAC) approved firm to handle the audit. (The EAC claims it does not certify any firms). But ProV&V only confirms that the machines work, not that they are syncing up to the paper ballots. Senators claim they do not include a lengthy forensic assessment of changed votes as is needed.