Maricopa Board of Supervisors BEGS for Phone Calls to Stop; Struggles to Keep Lines Operating


Give the people what they want!

The Maricopa Board of Supervisors is apparently PLEADING for the phone calls to stop.

President Trump supporters have been calling the Board nonstop, asking for a forensic audit.

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You know…

The answer to make the phone calls stop appears to be really simple: just do the audit!

Instead, it appears that the Maricopa Board of Supervisors is struggling to keep the phone lines operational.

In fact, they were forced to put MORE staff on the lines just to handle the sheer volume of calls!

And the demands are clear: the voters want a TRANSPARENT forensic audit!

This breaking news comes from the Arizona GOP, which tweeted:

The Maricopa Board of Supervisors are pleading to make the phone calls stop. They have had to put more staff on the phones to keep the lines up and operating. Hopefully they figure out soon that an audit is all the voters want. Do that small thing, the phone calls will end quick!

There really is a very simple solution: give the people an audit!

That’s what they want!

But instead of complying, Maricopa County appears to be FIGHTING against transparency.

The Arizona Mirror reports that the Maricopa Board is fighting against subpeonas from the state legislature:

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will go to court to fight subpoenas issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee instead of turning over the election records and equipment that Republican lawmakers are demanding.

Just hours before the 5 p.m. deadline set by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, and Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, the supervisors on Friday voted 4-1 to file a complaint in Superior Court to challenge the subpoenas. All five supervisors questioned whether they are legally able to turn over personal voter information the subpoenas seek. There is also an open legal question as to whether the legislature even has the authority to issue such broad subpoenas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to conduct an audit of Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation machines, and issued two subpoenas for the machines, as well as software, records and the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in the county for the Nov. 3 general election.

The subpoena, issued after a six-hour committee hearing on the integrity of the election, comes amid widespread but baseless allegations and conspiracy theories asserting that former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, both in Arizona and in the Electoral College, was the result of election fraud. Many of those invented claims involve Dominion Voting Systems, the vendor that provides Maricopa County’s voting equipment.

All five supervisors said they support a third-party audit of the voting machines, a sentiment several had expressed well before the Senate Judiciary Committee met. But they said that an audit must wait until after election-related litigation wraps up because those machines could be considered evidence. They also expressed concerns about releasing private voter information, such as addresses and dates of birth.

Board Chairman Clint Hickman, a Republican, said he, members of the county’s legal team and Scott Jarrett, Maricopa County’s director of Election Day voting, went to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and answered all of the lawmakers’ questions. But he felt that the subpoenas were predetermined, no matter what any of them said.

Hickman said the subpoenas could be considered “a slap in the face.”

“These subpoenas are unrealistic in their timeframes, an intrusion into the privacy of our voters, and want us to disregard the statutes that they’ve created,” he said.

Hickman said all five supervisors have expressed support for a third-party audit, “but that’s not what this is about right now. There are real constitutional issues with these subpoenas.”

Again, if you have nothing to hide, then why are you so adamantly against transparency?

It certainly is not a good look for the Maricopa Board.

It appears that the Swamp runs deep and wide.

The latest update suggests that a judge has thrown out the Arizona Senate’s request for ballots to be turned over.

From Arizona Central:

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed Wednesday the state Senate’s request that he order Maricopa County officials to turn over images of ballots and piles of other election records it demanded in subpoenas last week.

The decision is just the latest twist in an effort by Republican lawmakers to pull off their own audit of the county’s election results, even though the routine audit the county already conducted went flawlessly and challenges to the outcome alleging irregularities and fraud have failed in court.

Bucking the Senate’s 5 p.m. Friday deadline, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors sued to stop the subpoenas, charging that the Legislature was overreaching and citing a state law the supervisors maintain prohibits them from turning over copies of ballots.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, filed his own lawsuit Monday along with Senate President Karen Fann, asking a judge to force the county to comply with the subpoenas he had issued.

But while the senators were asking the court to issue what is known as a writ of mandamus — an order to force government officials to do something — Judge Randall Warner said that is not a proper way of enforcing a subpoena from the Legislature. The court cannot issue that kind of order just because the people served with the subpoenas are public officials, the judge said.

Warner noted the senators did not follow the Legislature’s own procedures, pointing to laws that say the Senate can enforce its subpoenas by passing a resolution holding the subject of the subpoena in contempt — a class two misdemeanor. Dramatically, another part of state law says the Senate could then dispatch its sergeant-at-arms to haul in subpoenaed witnesses.

The Legislature is not in session, however, and has not passed any such resolution.

Still, Warner’s decision on Wednesday may not be the final word.

Hopefully this case will continue to develop.

And as the public continues to put pressure on the Maricopa Board, hopefully they understand that they are there to SERVE we the people!

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If we are to be a democratic republic, then we need transparency from our leaders, especially when it comes to elections!

If there’s nothing to hide, then there should be no fear in a forensic audit!

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