by Sharon Rondeau

(May 19, 2021) — On Tuesday Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann (R) chaired a hearing stemming from the Maricopa County election audit which she claimed was launched to answer questions from voters as to the integrity of the state’s election processes.

She recounted that an earlier audit she requested of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was resisted, with members claiming they had no “legislative authority” to proceed. She said, however, in response, “the Judicial Committee issued two subpoenas that would give the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors the authority to do more forensic audits.”

A lawsuit was then filed over the subpoenas, Fann said, with the subpoenas approved by a superior court judge in February.

“From that time on, it has been nothing but delays, delays, delays,” Fann continued. “Every time we have asked them to please work with us on this, we have received nothing but pushback to the point where they don’t even want to answer our simplest questions. This is frustrating…”

None of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appeared for the hearing, Fann noted.

In a letter written last Wednesday, Fann alleged to the Supervisors three major categories of concerns she has arising from materials and data provided or withheld, including what she said is a “deleted” main database of returns from the November 3, 2020 election.

Also missing were passwords to election-tabulation equipment.

Video of the hearing is available here.

Fann said she expects the audit will not reveal any major aberrations and that its purpose is to not “overturn the election” which declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes.

The Trump campaign disputed that finding and the fact that the Fox News “Decision Desk” called the state early for Biden, without Maricopa and Pinal Counties having finished their tabulation of ballots.

Last week 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump opined, “The DELETION of an entire Database and critical Election files of Maricopa County is unprecedented. Many other States to follow.”

On May 17, the Board of Supervisors responded to Fann’s letter, calling her allegations “false, defamatory, and beneath the dignity of the Senate.”

“You have rented out the once good name of the Arizona State Senate to grifters and con-artists, who are fundraising hard-earned money from our fellow citizens even as your contractors parade around the Coliseum, hunting for bamboo and something they call ‘kinematic artifacts’while shining purple lights for effect,” the Board’s letter states on page 2. “None of these things are done in a serious audit. The result is that the Arizona Senate is held up to ridicule in every corner of the globe and our democracy is imperiled.”

The Supervisors then answered Fann’s questions.

“As County elected officials, we come from different political parties, but we stand united together to defend the Constitution and the Republic in our opposition to the Big Lie,” the Board wrote on page 13. “We ask everyone to join us in standing for the truth.The November 3, 2020 general election was free and fair and conducted by the Elections Department with integrity and honor.”

“The Big Lie” likely refers to Trump’s claim that he, and not Biden, won Arizona and the 2020 general election.

In its letter, the Board of Supervisors pledged no additional cooperation with the State Senate relating to the audit.

The audit is paused this week, as the Veterans Memorial Coliseum where it is taking place is serving as the location of several graduation ceremonies.

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  1. It is appears That the Maricopa Board of supervisors are in Criminal contempt of the constitution it is preposterous to think that the Arizona election is not chock full of intentional deceit, concealment and misrepresentation and fraud .The amount of evidence discovered to date shows that they have done alot of evil and criminal things and warrants a full and through grand jury investigation of this matter. This is criminal what has happen and I am shocked that the senate would let them get away with this . I have counted almost 100 felonies the maricopa board of supervisors and dominion have in engaged in . If I was the foreman on a grand jury investigating this matter i would call for their indictment , You have ballot tampering , obstructing and official investigation , conspiracy to alter a presidential election through the use of wire and cyber fraud , you have a digital pearl harbor hijacking of an us presidential election ie by foreign powers covered up by transnational corporations ,assemtrical war , use of bio war operations to mask tampering with an election process , domestic perps giving aid and comfort to a foreign and domestic enemy , tampering with a domestic infrastructure utility our electronic and paper voting tabulation utility process to give a inaccurate result . Installing a domestic enemy with clear family financial conflicts of interest with a potentially hostile and militarily ambitious China and iran into the command and control of our nations security apparatus. A man who is intentionally disregarding the medical bio hazards hazards of faulty rushed to market vaccines that are now severally harming millions of people medically in a similar matter to what has happened to eric clapton and the late great hank arron and the late great marvin hagler. If the democrats and the maricopa board of supervisors have nothing to hide why not allow full transparency. The fact is they are hiding alot and need to go under the constitutional microscope . How dare they say we dont have a lawful right to examine for malfeasance and misfeasance, I fully support Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann looking a deep as necessary to ensure the state of Arizona elections has not been Pearl- harbored and Jack booted by the Brown shirts
    we have no reason to trust after seeing the criminal behavior of the Board and Dominion send in the State national Guard lead by the general and state troopers and deputize some of them to insure no more interference and a full through lawful audit with a full 25 member grand jury observing and being reported to . It is that SERIOUS

  2. Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward provided an update last night on yesterday’s Senate hearing. In addition to noting the specific political manipulation by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Mrs. Ward highlights some of the details from the hearing organized by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann.

    One detail covered is that someone in the Maricopa County election group had factually deleted the master voter result files as previously reported; however, Ben Cotton one of the forensic auditors (testimony below), was able to follow the electronic trail of the deleted master file and recover it making it available for the auditors to use. That’s good news.

  3. We applaud Karen Fann and the AZ State Senate for standing up to the Maricopa County Supervisor BULLIES! It is so obvious that because they and Gov. Ducey “certified” the Nov. 3rd. election results, they are complicit in this; otherwise, WHY would they be fighting this election audit, which is to protect the voting rights of the people of Arizona!?! I continue to say…STAY STRONG and complete the job! All Arizonans deserve the truth, no matter which way the results turn out.

  4. I am trying to think of a situation where you find corresponding human behavior to what the county board is saying and doing. They are acting like they are cornered. They are fighting to the last. They seem to be desperate.

    Will their dying words be “We were framed”?