Attorney tells judge Arizona GOP wants to turn over voting machines to Giuliani

Election workers process ballots in Maricopa County. A county superior court judge dismissed a state Republican Party lawsuit challenging the way the county audited ballots, one of several court losses for the party over election procedures. / Maricopa County Recorder’s Office

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral

Election workers process ballots in Maricopa County. A county superior court judge dismissed a state Republican Party lawsuit challenging the way the county audited ballots, one of several court losses for the party over election procedures. 

The attorney for Maricopa County is accusing state senators of demanding access to voting equipment and records to turn them over to an attorney for President Trump.

At a hearing Monday, Steve Tully pointed out that Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, sent out a Twitter message last month saying that the materials sought by the Senate were going to be given to Rudy Giuliani. Tully said that would include ballots and passwords and other materials in the two subpoenas issued by Senate President Karen Fann and Sen. Eddie Farnsworth who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Giuliani, in turn, is quoted as saying he wants to “start forensically examining the voting machines in Arizona,” part of his efforts to question the Biden victory and deny the Democrat Arizona’s 11 electoral votes.

Tully told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason said if that is the plan, it provides yet another reason for his client to refuse to turn over the requested information. He said it would violate both the state and federal constitutions and be an “improper legislative purpose.”

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