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Arizona Republican party moves to intervene in legal battle over access to voting machines

The Arizona GOP is intervening in the case between Maricopa County and the state legislature.

Updated: December 22, 2020 - 10:21am

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The Republican party of Arizona announced on Monday that the state's GOP electors will intervene in the case between Maricopa County and the Arizona state legislature over access to the county's voting machines.

Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona GOP, announced on Monday that the Maricopa County board of supervisors is refusing to comply with a legislative subpoena from the State Senate Judiciary Committee that requires the board to conduct an audit of the county's Dominion Voting Systems machines to determine the legitimacy of the outcome of last month's presidential election.

Instead of complying, the board of supervisors is suing the senate committee to avoid handing over the subpoenaed materials and machinery. The board, in its suit, argues that they cannot conduct a forensic audit of the voting machines because they are entangled in litigation (of their own making). 

The board also argues that an audit would jeopardize the secrecy of the ballots from electors. Ward however, said, "There is nothing that stops them from doing the audit."

The Arizona Republicans are now moving to intervene in the case in an effort to ensure the forensic audit of Dominion Voting Systems machines takes place. 

"We are entering into this case," said Ward. Lawyers for Maricopa County have, according to Ward, accused the Senate Judiciary Committee "of just wanting to get this data so that they can give it to us (the Arizona GOP)."

The purpose of the legal intervention from the Arizona Republicans is to ensure that the State Senate Judiciary Committee's legislative subpoena is followed by the Maricopa County board. "We are doing everything possible to stop the steal, to maintain election integrity, and to force honesty into this process," said Ward.