Republicans on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are calling for Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, who’s intently aligned with former President Donald Trump, to resign following the discharge of the state Senate’s election audit report.
Supervisor Clint Hickman urged prime elected Republicans within the state, together with Gov. Doug Ducey, Legal professional Common Mark Brnovich, and state Treasurer Kimberly Yee, to name on Ward to step down over her position in questioning the 2020 election ends in Maricopa County.
“She has triggered a fracture in our occasion. She has operated outdoors of it for the aim of serving to herself,” Hickman stated in an interview with KTAR Information on Friday.
ARIZONA SENATE REFERS MARICOPA ELECTION AUDIT TO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION
Ward performed a key position in constructing momentum for the audit of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots and was particularly vital of the county board, which is managed by Republicans, after Trump’s defeat.
“I believe we’ll get fairly crappy outcomes from no matter they do,” Ward stated in January in response to an election audit that the county accepted itself.
Hickman stated Friday the board has “all the time tried — this county has all the time tried to work with the legislative department and the judicial department to carry out proof and truth,” including that those that supported the Senate’s audit “determined to behave on conjecture, apparently.”
Supervisor Invoice Gates, one other Republican, echoed Hickman’s phrases, saying the occasion “should select a brand new path rooted in fact & good politics.”
“I stand w/ my colleague right here calling for @kelliwardaz’s resignation,” Gates wrote in a tweet. “The @AZGOP’s executed nothing however push lies about our electoral system, ignore down poll races, & lose federal & state elections beneath her management.”
I stand w/ my colleague right here calling for @kelliwardaz’s resignation. The @AZGOP’s executed nothing however push lies about our electoral system, ignore down poll races, & lose federal & state elections beneath her management. We should select a brand new path rooted in fact & good politics https://t.co/RmeGmJi876
— Invoice Gates (@billgatesaz) September 24, 2021
Auditors employed by the Republican-led state Senate delivered a report of their evaluation to the chamber on Friday, which confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump within the county and didn’t assert that fraudulent ballots had been forged.
Senate President Karen Fann, nevertheless, referred the report back to Brnovich and stated “pressing points” within the report “counsel less-than-perfect adherence to Arizona’s requirements and greatest practices.”
Biden defeated Trump in Arizona by 10,457 votes statewide and by 45,109 votes in Maricopa County in 2020, based on the canvasses following the election.