Maricopa County and Dominion continue to defy legislative subpoenas for the items needed by the Arizona Senate to complete the first full forensic election audit in state history.
In a contemptuous letter to the Senate, Jack Sellers mocked citizen efforts to preserve our right to vote, secure our elections, and save our country.
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Sellers doesn’t want us to see what is on these routers. Who does China Jack really work for?
These subpoenas were ruled by a judge legal and enforceable. The County has violated the law and it’s time to take action.
Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli has another tool in the toolbox that he has been waiting to use.
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Arizona SB 1487, introduced by Congressman Andy Biggs during his time as an Arizona State Senator, gives any member of the legislature the power to enact an investigation by the Attorney General’s office into law violations by a county, city, or town.
When a law has been violated, The Attorney General shall provide notice that the county, city, or town has 30 days to resolve the violation. If they fail to resolve the violation within 30 days, the treasurer shall withhold state shared revenue from the county, city, or town. Shared funds will not be returned to the county, city, or town until the violation is resolved.
Maricopa County is in violation of the law. Maricopa will lose state funding if they do not cooperate.
SB 1487 can be found below. Read the full text here.
Senators Biggs, Kavanagh, Smith, Yee; Representatives Farnsworth E, Petersen: Senators Allen S, Begay, Farnsworth D, Shooter
AMENDING TITLE 41, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 5, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 41-194.01; AMENDING SECTIONS 42-5029 AND 43-206, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO STATE SHARED REVENUES.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 41, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes,
is amended by adding section 41-194.01, to read:
41-194.01. Violations of state law by counties, cities and towns; attorney general investigation; report;withholding of state shared revenues
A. AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL INVESTIGATE ANY ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR OTHER OFFICIAL ACTION ADOPTED OR TAKEN BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN THAT THE MEMBER ALLEGES VIOLATES STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA.
B. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL MAKE A WRITTEN REPORT OF FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE REQUEST AND SHALL PROVIDE A COPY OF THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE MEMBER OR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAKING THE ORIGINAL REQUEST AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE. IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCLUDES THAT THE ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR OTHER ACTION UNDER INVESTIGATION:
1. VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL PROVIDE NOTICE TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN, BY CERTIFIED MAIL, OF THE VIOLATION AND SHALL INDICATE THAT THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN HAS THIRTY DAYS TO RESOLVE THE VIOLATION. IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DETERMINES THAT THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN HAS FAILED TO RESOLVE THE VIOLATION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL:
(a) NOTIFY THE STATE TREASURER WHO SHALL WITHHOLD AND REDISTRIBUTE STATE SHARED MONIES FROM THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 42-5029, SUBSECTION L AND FROM THE CITY OR TOWN AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 43-206, SUBSECTION F.
(b) CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE RESPONSE OF THE GOVERNING BODY, AND WHEN THE OFFENDING ORDINANCE, REGULATION, ORDER OR ACTION IS REPEALED OR THE VIOLATION IS OTHERWISE RESOLVED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL NOTIFY:
(i) THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE MEMBER OR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAKING THE ORIGINAL REQUEST THAT THE VIOLATION HAS BEEN RESOLVED.
(ii) THE STATE TREASURER TO RESTORE THE DISTRIBUTION OF STATE SHARED REVENUES TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN.
2. MAY VIOLATE A PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL FILE A SPECIAL ACTION IN SUPREME COURT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE, AND THE SUPREME COURT SHALL GIVE THE ACTION PRECEDENCE OVER ALL OTHER CASES. THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN TO POST A BOND EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF STATE SHARED REVENUE PAID TO THE COUNTY, CITY OR TOWN PURSUANT TO SECTION 42-5029 AND 43-206 IN THE PRECEDING SIX MONTHS.
3. DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY PROVISION OF STATE LAW OR THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL TAKE NO FURTHER ACTION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently weighed in on States’ rights and duties to handle elections in a proactive way and to take the necessary steps to secure elections.
Senator Borrelli: Fire Away.