County supervisors reject Senate president’s invitation to talk about election audit

Maricopa County Supervisor Jack Sellers (left) and Tom Liddy, a deputy county attorney, display a document at the Senate earlier this year responding to a subpoena./Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is pretty much telling Senate President Karen Fann what she can do with her invitation for a Q & A session.

In a sharply worded statement, Jack Sellers said Fann is effectively accusing county officials of deleting files off a server before it was turned over to the Senate as part of a subpoena.

“That would be a crime,” he wrote. “And it’s not true.”

Sellers was equally miffed at other allegations in Fann’s letter to him earlier this week questioning why ballot bags were not secure, asking about what disparities in ballot counts and saying the county has not provided chain of custody documentation for the ballots.

In was in that letter that Fann asked Sellers, other board members and other relevant county officials to show up at the Senate on Tuesday to “constructively resolve these issues and questions without recourse to additional subpoenas or other compulsory process.”

“After reviewing the letter with county election and IT experts, I can say the allegations are false and ill-informed,” Sellers responded.

“Moreover, the claim that our employees deleted election files and destroyed evidence is outrageous, completely baseless and beneath the dignity of the Arizona Senate,” he continued. “I demand an immediate retraction of any public statements made to the news media and spread via Twitter.”

And as far as showing up Tuesday, Sellers has his own plan.

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