Judge sides with Arizona Senate GOP, paves way for audit of 2.1 million ballots

Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled that Arizona Senate Republicans can subpoena Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 general election.

Thomason wrote “there is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas. The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections.”

“The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters,” the ruling states. “The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws.”

Senate President Karen Fann said “wWe are thrilled and grateful that the judge was able to see the big picture in this whole issue.”

“That this has never been about overturning an election. This has always been 100% about voter integrity and finding the answers to all of our voters’ questions about the safety and security and validity of the Arizona electoral system,” she added.