In emails, Senate President Fann tries to appease both critics and supporters of election audit

By Ryan Randazzo, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

Senate President Karen Fann has frequently described the ongoing audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election as a simple exercise to improve elections, and in at least one email to a constituent, she also confirmed President Biden’s victory.

But a review of hundreds of pages of Fann’s emails show she sought to placate Trump supporters both before the GOP members of the Arizona Senate obtained 2.1 million ballots and other election materials from Maricopa County and after the audit started. That material was turned over to a small Florida company called Cyber Ninjas, which is leading a review of them at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

The Senate on Friday released a trove of Fann’s emails in response to a public records request from American Oversight, a national group opposed to President Trump that sued the Senate for a variety of communications related to the audit.

The material released includes correspondence from November through May to her Senate email account. Fann wrote back frequently, and sometimes within minutes, to her Prescott area constituents and others who contacted her, weighing in on issues from technical questions about the audit to far-fetched conspiracy theories.

On May 21 a woman wrote to Fann calling the audit “fraudulent” and a waste of taxpayer money.


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June 2021