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The drama in Maricopa County, Arizona, continues.
In an interview with The Western Journal, Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann revealed that the audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County has uncovered a slew of questionable practices that cannot go unchecked.
One of the most shocking revelations came when Fann revealed that ballots had been shoved into boxes and presented to the auditors.
“The ballots, when they showed up, literally, they are in boxes that are literally just stuffed in there,” Fann said. “They’re supposed to be organized. There’s supposed to be these pink sheets between that says there are certain numbers there, a certain number of ballots there. There weren’t.”
“So the auditor, literally, in trying to preserve everything the exact way it is, had to, like, very carefully take [the ballots] out to do what we needed to make sure we put them back exactly as we found them, even though it was a mess,” Fann added.
“They withheld the blue tally sheets,” she said. “We have not gotten the chain of custody [documentation for ballots]. We have not gotten the routers, the passcodes, the fobs.”
Fann also revealed that Maricopa County officials have not even been able to access certain necessary information.
“Maricopa County doesn’t even have control over their own election system,” Fann said. “Only Dominion has those passwords and they have 24-hour-a-day access to those computers.”
Speculation is mounting about what Republicans can do if enough evidence of election fraud is uncovered in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The issue at hand is who has the legal authority to actually recall Arizona’s 11 state electors if lawmakers attempt to go that route.
Constitutional attorney John Eastman argued on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast that the Arizona State legislature can legally decertify a fraudulent election in the battleground state.
“We don’t have to live with a fraudulent election,” Eastman said.
Fann said last week that the chamber does not have the power to recall electors by itself.
Eastman said he disagrees and claimed that “there is ample authority to fix this problem.”
“We are in uncharted territory, but there are a couple of things to point to. We can point to the Hawaii Election of 1960 when the Governor subsequently certified another slate of electors after they discovered an error in the initial certification,” Eastman said.
“We can point to Section 2 of Title 3 of the United States Code that says when a state has had an election and has failed to make a choice on the day prescribed by law, which is, you know, the choice that was made. The assumption was that it was fraudulently given because of illegal votes. The electors may be appointed on a subsequent day in such manner as the legislature of such state may direct,” Eastman continued.
He continued: “So that recognizes the authority of the Legislature to fix a problem.”
Last week, Fann said that the state Senate lacks the authority to recall electors.
Arizona Republican State Senate Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli is floating the idea of introducing a resolution to “reclaim electors” if evidence from the audit in Maricopa County could change the results of the 2020 election outcome in the state.
Borrelli spoke on Monday about what the Arizona Republican-led Senate can do should there be enough evidence uncovered to put Joe Biden’s win in doubt.
Borrelli said he is “prepared” to put forth such a resolution if the audit’s results are inconclusive.