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Attorney general says Maricopa County supervisors violated law by not complying with election audit

County supervisors have until Sept. 27 to comply or face the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars of sales-tax revenue the state shares with the county. 

By Mary Jo Pitzl | Arizona Republic 

The audit of the Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election continues, July 19, 2021, in the Wesley Bolin Building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix. 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors violated state law by not fully responding to subpoenas from the Arizona Senate related to the ongoing review of the 2020 election, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded. 

The finding means the supervisors have until Sept. 27 to comply or face the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars of sales-tax revenue the state shares with the county. 

The supervisors contended they broke no laws because the Senate had no ability to enforce its subpoena powers once the legislative session ended on June 30. 

But the Attorney General investigation found that argument only speaks to a remedy to enforcing a subpoena and does not address the fact that ignoring a subpoena is illegal. 

“That argument, which addresses only the possible remedy for violating a legislative subpoena, is irrelevant to whether (the board) is in violation of state law in the first place,” Solicitor General Brunn “Beau” W. Roysden III wrote in the report. 

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