After Joe Biden won in Arizona, 30 GOP lawmakers sought to overturn the results. Would they do it again?

By Ray Stern & Mary Jo Pitzl | Arizona Republic

After Arizona certified the 2020 presidential election and gave Joe Biden the state’s presidential electors, some members of the state Legislature sought to undo that outcome.

In a document addressed to then-Vice President Mike Pence, 30 Republican lawmakers asked him to overturn the results of the state’s election and give the electors to then-President Donald Trump, or to nullify the electoral votes and delay their counting pending an audit.

That didn’t happen, but the request from the members of the Legislature resembled the aims of a mob that later stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn a valid election.

One year later, no evidence of a victory stolen from Trump has emerged in reviews by federal judges across the country and in Arizona, or in a lengthy audit of the election in Maricopa County.

Returning to that document from members of the Arizona Legislature, which was unofficially labeled as a joint resolution, The Arizona Republic sought to learn whether those lawmakers would take the same action today.

Reporters sent multiple requests to the lawmakers, but only 11 responded. Of those, six said they would still sign the document, while another suggested he would. Two said they still supported a certification delay until an audit was completed but wouldn’t again support giving the electoral votes to Trump.

Just two said they had changed their minds entirely.


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