Arizona Republicans are fed up. The Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County called for embattled Chairwoman Kelli Ward to step down, slamming her for selling election “lies” and extra debunked claims.
Ward demanded a latest audit of greater than 2 million Maricopa County ballots from final November’s presidential election.
Auditors employed by the Republican-led state Senate delivered a report of their overview Friday, once more confirming President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump within the county by 45,109 votes. Biden defeated Trump within the Grand Canyon State by over 10,000 votes.
Supervisor Clint Hickman urged management, together with Gov. Doug Ducey, to name on Ward to resign following the release of the state Senate’s election audit report and unrelenting claims about fraudulent ballots.
“She has precipitated a fracture in our social gathering. She has operated exterior of it for the aim of serving to herself,” Hickman said Friday.
Supervisor Invoice Gates echoed Hickman’s phrases, noting that underneath Ward the Arizona GOP has “achieved nothing however push lies about our electoral system, ignore down poll races, & lose federal & state elections underneath her management.”
Elections are about addition, not subtraction. Our social gathering has misplaced numbers and continues to alienate voters that ought to be in our tent.
The social gathering has additionally fundraised off of the audit, with out offering a dime to its bills. That’s referred to as grifting.
Sufficient is sufficient.
— Invoice Gates (@billgatesaz) September 24, 2021
For her half, Ward tweeted, “Many questions for Maricopa County in addition to publicity of incompetence & doable malfeasance. A FULL SIGNATURE AUDIT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!”
Ducey, the favored two-term governor, shortly rejected calls for to decertify the election.
“On the subject of the audit, just like the three audits that preceded it, it’s now over. The end result stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over,” the Republican tweeted. “There can be no decertification of the 2020 election — the audit doesn’t name for one, and even when it had, there isn’t a lawful technique to decertify. As we now have each step of the best way, Arizona will comply with the legislation.”
There are some who merely don’t belief election outcomes. It is a downside, and it’s one which must be addressed. Elections are key to our democracy, and it ought to be a precedence for everybody to pay attention to those considerations, and work to rebuild the belief of each voter. 2/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) September 25, 2021
Arizona didn’t vote Democrat statewide for many years till 2018, however Ward quickly drove the party into the ground in simply two years, shedding necessary races for quite a few cycles. She is also a twice-failed U.S. Senate candidate who lashes out and censures these with opposing views, together with a retired U.S. senator, the widow of a U.S. senator, and the present Republican governor.
Earlier this 12 months, Ward joined a lawsuit in opposition to former Vice President Mike Pence, demanding he overturn the election outcomes — one thing he could not legally do. Ward additionally used incendiary messaging, equivalent to asking supporters to give their lives to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Associated: What’s Next After the Maricopa County Audit?
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