On Tuesday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were served with subpoenas at the direction of Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth. The subpoenas call for a scanned ballot audit, a full forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment, the software for that equipment, and the election management system used in the 2020 general election.
AZ State Senator Eddie Farnsworth discusses the issuing of subpoenas to acquire the Maricopa County ballots. https://t.co/AyJVs2yHpH
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) December 15, 2020
In an interview on KFYI’s James T. Harris show, Senator Farnsworth discussion the hearing he chaired the day before on the workings of the 2020 General Election. Farnsworth said the purpose of the hearing was designed to “educate members of the public and lawmakers on the election process in Arizona, the steps taken by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and to really try to determine whether the laws are adequate and was the election fair and open. And we also wanted to know what the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were going to do to restore confidence in their system. We had similar questions for the Attorney General’s Office.
Farnsworth said the Committee “really tried to hone in on where there are gaps.”
Farnsworth said that it was a shame that they were forced to issue the subpoenas. “You know the county is listening to legal counsel, and I can’t blame them for that. There’s ongoing litigation. There has been almost since day one and so they felt constrained because these are the focus of that litigation. The machines, the ballots on the software, Farnsworth told Harris referring to the subpoenas. “They’re concerned that they don’t want to get involved in evidence tampering because this is evidence. This is really what they’re looking at.”
Farnsworth said he and other Republican lawmakers “paid attention to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and we were hoping that they were going to do an audit. We had some discussions about that, but they still feel constrained so at this point, I really have a desire to file the subpoenas, and see if we can cut through that limitation from a legal legislative standpoint.”
Several anomalies were identified during the course of the litigation including the fact that the software used in the adjudication of ballots process erred in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. Ballots are adjudicated in the event they are initially rejected by tabulating machines. The rejected ballots are turned over to official election teams tasked with ascertaining the voter’s. In Maricopa County, the software appeared to erroneously call a questionable vote more often in favor of Biden rather than President Donald Trump.
Because of the anomalies, Republican lawmakers approved an alternative slate of Trump electors along with the official Biden electors onto the Electoral College on Monday.
I am very thankful that we will FINALLY get a forensic audit. As House Elections Chair, I requested this immediately after the election, to no avail. Now with the feedback and pressure of the public, it will happen in the Senate, thanks to President Fann. Well done, everyone. pic.twitter.com/1SlStRpWvT
— Senator-Elect Kelly Townsend (@KellyTownsend11) December 16, 2020