Election 2020

Borrelli wants AG to take action against supervisors over subpoena defiance

BY: - August 3, 2021

State Sen. Sonny Borrelli is asking the attorney general to punish the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for refusing to comply with a recent subpoena related to the Senate’s ongoing “audit” of the 2020 general election.  Borrelli, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office under a 2016 law […]

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Judge rejects Senate’s immunity claim, orders release of ‘audit’ records

BY: - August 3, 2021

A Maricopa County judge ordered the Arizona Senate to immediately turn over records related to the ongoing review of the 2020 election, which Senate President Karen Fann will appeal. The order follows Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp’s recent finding that a bevy of documents requested by the liberal nonprofit organization American Oversight are public records, […]

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Who are the groups who paid to ‘audit’ the Arizona election?

BY: - August 2, 2021

The five pro-Trump organizations that were revealed last week to have paid a combined almost $5.7 million to fund the Arizona Senate’s self-styled election audit are hardly household names, though several have been at the forefront of former President Donald Trump’s false narrative that election fraud marred the 2020 election. And several of those groups […]

Supervisors, Dominion won’t comply with new Senate subpoenas

BY: - August 2, 2021

The Maricopa County will not comply with the latest subpoena from Senate President Karen Fann for routers and other materials for her election review, essentially challenging her to enforce it with the knowledge that she doesn’t have the votes to hold the Board of Supervisors in contempt. Dominion Voting Systems, which provides the county’s ballot […]

‘Audit’ team vacates fairgrounds, though more space may be needed

BY: - July 30, 2021

For the first time since the election review began in April, the state Senate’s team of self-styled auditors has vacated the state fairgrounds near downtown Phoenix. The nearly 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 general election were returned to Maricopa County election officials on Thursday, and as of Friday, all of the team’s remaining equipment […]

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Election conspiracy theorist groups paid $5.7 million for the Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - July 28, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

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UPDATED: Ken Bennett strikes deal to stay on as Senate’s ‘audit’ liaison

BY: - July 28, 2021

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wendnesday morning that he intended to step down as the Senate’s liaison to the ballot review of the Maricopa County election amid growing tensions between auditors and Bennett, before reversing course hours later and saying he would stay in his role. Bennett said late Wednesday afternoon that […]

Twitter permanently suspends several accounts tied to the Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - July 27, 2021

Several Twitter accounts related to the Arizona Senate’s review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County were permanently suspended by Twitter on Tuesday.  The official Twitter account of the so-called audit and a semi-official account dubbed the “Audit War Room” were permanently suspended by the social media giant Tuesday, as were multiple other accounts related […]

After being booed at Trump rally, Ugenti-Rita criticizes the Senate’s election ‘audit’

BY: - July 26, 2021

After being booed off the stage at a weekend rally headlined by former President Donald Trump, Republican state senator and secretary of state hopeful Michelle Ugenti-Rita publicly lashed out at the Senate’s “botched” election review and defended her record on election integrity over criticism for voting against a fellow GOP senator’s election legislation. Ugenti-Rita, a […]

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Damage done: Audit leader’s testimony sets off nationwide wave of misinformation

BY: - July 23, 2021

From the state Capitol in Phoenix to Mar-A-Lago in Florida, people are falsely claiming that the Arizona Senate’s election review showed that tens of thousands of illegitimate votes were counted in Maricopa County. Lawmakers are saying it. Prominent statewide candidates are saying it. Former President Donald Trump is saying it.  Who’s not saying it? The […]

Fact vs fiction: Getting to the bottom of what ‘audit’ leaders claimed

BY: - July 20, 2021

Leaders of the Senate’s election review made claims last week that have roiled right-wing media outlets and bolstered claims from Trump supporters that there is definitive evidence of election fraud in Arizona. But several of those claims were swiftly debunked, and others were unsupported by any evidence and have been refuted by elections officials. The […]

Judge: Senate must disclose who is funding its election review

BY: - July 15, 2021

A judge said the Arizona Senate’s reasoning for why it rejected a public records request for documents relating to the ongoing ballot review — including who is funding the effort — would lead to the “absurd result” of effectively gutting state public records law and “erode any sense of transparency” in government. Maricopa County Superior […]