Judge Timothy J Thomason has ruled the Maricopa, Arizona, board of elections must turn over 2.1 million ballots to the republican state senate so they can be reviewed for any election issues. [direct pdf of ruling here]
ARIZONA – The a few-member Board of Supervisors argued in which the ballots were secret, in which the Legislature had no right to access them along with in which the subpoenas issued by Senate President Karen Fann were for an illegitimate purpose, among different arguments.
The Senate’s lawyers contended in which the constitution gives the Legislature the role of maintaining the purity of elections along with make sure voter integrity is actually protected, in which the subpoenas were legal along that has a proper use of legislative power.
In his ruling, Thomason agreed with the Senate on all those arguments, saying the subpoenas “are legal along with enforceable.”
“There is actually no question in which the Senators contain the power to issue legislative subpoenas,” Thomason wrote. “The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections.
“The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate along with examine election reform matters,” the ruling says. “The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would likely not violate confidentiality laws.” (read more)
The Arizona Senate released the following statement: