Months after the 2020 election, the battle to ensure voter integrity in future elections is still being fought in a number of swing states around the country, including Arizona where state Republican senators scored a massive court victory this week.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Maricopa County, Arizona board of elections took issue with state Senate Republicans issuing subpoenas to conduct additional ballot and equipment audits. The county’s Superior Court ruled this week that the subpoenas are “legal and enforceable.”
Judge Timothy Thomason made that crystal clear in his ruling, saying that “The Court finds that Subpoenas are legal and enforceable. There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas.”
The county board’s issue with Republican state senators issuing the subpoenas revolved around their interpretation of the law, which they believe clearly indicates that it would be illegal for the state Senate to access sealed ballots.
But Judge Thomason cleared up those concerns in his ruling, stressing that given the context of the state Senate’s inquiry, accessing the ballots and equipment used to tabulate them is fair game, given that it’s part of an election integrity investigation.
“The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters. Accordingly, the Senators have the power to subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures,” the judge said.
The county board also contends that they’ve had independent parties conduct multiple audits on the ballots and equipment, which should belay any concerns at this point in time. They released a report earlier this week indicating that not only did the machines function as they should have but that all voter information was valid.
However, state Senate Republicans are seemingly unconvinced that the audits were effective, hence their issuance of two subpoenas to take matters into their own hands, which they’ll now have the legal power to do, thanks to Thomason’s ruling.