Arizona AG opens investigation into Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ objections to new election audit subpoenas

Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election on May 3, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election on May 3, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Courtney Pedroza for the Washington Post

In an August 6 letter, the Arizona Attorney General’s office said that it is investigating the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ failure to comply with election audit-related subpoenas issued by the state Senate, according to a tweet by State Sen. Kelli Ward.

If his office finds that the board has violated a provision of state law or the Arizona Constitution by not complying with the subpoenas, Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will file an action in the Arizona State Supreme Court, allowing the board 30 days to resolve the violation, the letter said. The state treasurer will be notified to withhold and redistribute money designated for Maricopa County if the board fails to remedy the violation in time, according to the letter.

Earlier this year, the state’s GOP-controlled Senate selected private firm Cyber Ninjas to carry out another count of ballots in Maricopa County. On July 26, the state Senate issued a series of subpoenas to the board of supervisors asking it to turn over all ballot envelopes or images of them, routers, network logs, and all county registered voter records to date.

Board Chairman Jack Sellers condemned the audit in his response, stating that the board has “little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land.” Sellers concluded his response by asking the auditors to release their report and be prepared to defend any accusations in court.

The attorney general’s letter concluded by requesting a written response from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20.