Arizona Senate contempt vote: How did we get here, what does it mean and will county supervisors get arrested?

By Jen Fifield and Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

The feud between the Arizona Senate and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors over lawmakers’ insistence that the county perform another hand count of 2020 general election resultshas escalated in the past few weeks.

Now, the Senate might take it even further.

The Senate, controlled by Republicans, has threatened to hold the supervisors, nearly all Republicans, in contempt for not responding to subpoenas asking for copies of allthe county’s mail-in ballots and access to voting machines. The Senate wants to perform its own audit.

Some senators have even threatened to arrest the supervisors over the matter, and the body could vote on the the contempt resolution as early as Monday.

If the lawmakers goes ahead with this, it could be a first in Arizona history. No legislator interviewed could remember the Senate ever passing such a resolution.

So, how did we get to this point? What does this actually mean?

It’s complicated, and at times convoluted. But here’s what we know:

How did this all start?

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