Arizona Senate Republicans hired a conspiracy theorist with ties to former President Donald Trump to investigate the 2020 election in Maricopa County, home to the state’s largest voting population. A process billed as a weeks-long endeavor instead took months of twists and turns, allegedly in the name of easing voters’ concerns about election fraud. Instead, the partisan review further fueled misinformation about the election process, despite the fact that nearly all allegations and concerns raised by that review have been debunked by local and national election experts.
Republicans who control the Arizona Senate fell one vote short on Monday of holding the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt for failing to turn over voting machines and ballots from the November election that lawmakers want to examine.
Election experts say processes used to review and recount votes cast in Maricopa County are vastly different from standards used by election officials, casting doubt about the results of the review ordered by the Republican-led state Senate.
Maricopa County Supervisor Jack Sellers said a letter concerning “serious issues” arising from the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the county’s recent election is full of allegations that are false and ill-informed.