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The Arizona state Senate recently passed a bill allowing the state legislature to subpoena critical elections records, according to the Western Journal.
Senate Bill 1408 passed 16-14.
If the bill is signed into law it would require officials in Maricopa County to show documentation that they have been refusing to provide regarding voter irregularities.
“The more we continue down this path, we continue to spread the ‘Big Lie’ that something was wrong with our elections. The more we continue to go after the county board of supervisors and try to subpoena all this information … we are furthering and perpetuating this lie,” Democratic state Sen. Martin Quezada said.
“This is not about a state body battling with a county body because they are not complying with a subpoena. That is not what this is about at all. This is about perpetuating more misinformation,” he added. “It’s irresponsible and it’s damaging to our democracy.”
“This is a much broader statement about the legislature and our subpoena powers, because as of late, it seems those powers are not respected,” Republican state Sen. J.D. Mesnard said. “Our subpoenas are supposed to matter. This is making that very clear.”
“Even if you set aside this election, if something nefarious happens in the future, regardless of whether you believe it happened now, and suddenly you wanted to investigate it, you would find yourself in the very same situation.”
From The Western Journal:
The law, if it makes it past the state House and is signed by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, would apply retroactively — thus empowering the legislature to seize the 2020 election data they are, to their credit, so doggedly after.
Arizona’s Democrats are falling back on the favorite party line: The notion that any aspect of the election could be fraudulent is all part of the “Big Lie” and any attempt to scrutinize it is simply the perpetuation of “misinformation.”
If an election is secure, every county should be able to show their work — now more than ever when complex algorithms and technicalities abound (to say nothing of the U.S. Congressional Democrats’ efforts to codify the tactics that paved their pathway to victory in 2020 for all future national elections).
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We the people need to have trust in our voting system as it is the bedrock of our constitutional republic. Without it, the people cannot exercise their rightful sovereignty.
Every state that faced questions surrounding questionable voting data would do right to examine a similar approach to ensuring the people were well-represented in 2020, and, even more importantly, that upcoming elections can be conducted with a much greater degree of confidence.