Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, has had it with what she sees as obstruction in the Maricopa County, Arizona election audit and is now taking legal action.
According to The Daily Mail, she said during an appearance on One America News, “There have to be consequences.” “It’s possible that people who refuse to comply will be arrested.”
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It’s the latest twist in the saga surrounding the audit of 2.1 million ballots in the state’s largest district, which has included false claims that votes were lost and conspiracy theories that the ballots were shredded and eaten by chickens who were then slaughtered to hide the evidence.
Ward made his remarks after the Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors declined to meet with GOP senators who had requested the audit on Tuesday. The audit, according to the commission, was a “sham” run by “grifters” that tainted the democratic process.
It wasn’t the first time that an arrest had been mentioned.
Most Arizona Republican senators sponsored a motion to keep the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt and prosecute supervisors for failing to turn over access to voting records in February, as the county was appealing against the audit in court. While the resolution failed to pass, it demonstrated the mentality of those elected representatives who demanded the abolition of slavery.
Her interview took place on the same day that election data that had been rumored to have been deleted was discovered.
An auditor said on Tuesday that the information that was allegedly deleted had been retrieved, according to The Arizona Mirror.
CyFIr founder Ben Cotton, a subcontractor on Senate President Karen Fann’s audit team, said his team was able to retrieve data that the Senate’s election team had accused Maricopa County of removing during a hearing in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.
At the hearing, he said, “I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files, and I have access to that data.” “From the data recovery activities, I have the details I require.”
After the hearing, Maricopa County officials replied with a tweet.
“Just want to emphasize that the Arizona Senate’s @ArizonaAudit account accused Maricopa County of deleting files- which would be a felony- then a day after our technical letter clarified they were just searching in the wrong spot- all of a sudden ‘auditors’ have retrieved the files,” the statement said.
According to Cotton’s explanation, county officials were right when they said that no files had been removed.
Shortly before handing over its vote tabulation machines to the audit, the county “deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle,” according to the audit’s official Twitter account.