OPINION: Arizona Senate Republicans are abusing their subpoena power. Strip them of it

Robert Robb | Arizona Republic

Evaluating the ruction over a review of the 2020 election between the Arizona Legislature and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors starts with two points, bluntly made:

First, the GOP members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are the last bastion of sanity left in the Arizona Republican Party.

Second, no election review by Senate Republicans will be credible or trustworthy. Too many of them were complicit in Donald Trump’s plot to remain in power despite losing the presidential election.

Ballots are protected by Arizona law

At issue are the ballots, or images of the ballots, from the 2020 election. And the machines used to count them.

Senate Republican leadership issued a subpoena demanding that the county turn over both. While producing an avalanche of other subpoenaed material, the county has declined to produce the ballots or the machines.

There is an explicit state law that requires ballots to be locked up after an election and only released pursuant to a court order. Images of the ballots are afforded the same protection.

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