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Senate pushes backup plan in election fight with county

Posted at 12:57 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 14:57:30-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Senate Republicans who have been battling with Maricopa County to get access to ballots and election equipment from the November election are pushing a backup plan to gain that access in case a court agrees with the county board that the materials are protected.

A Senate committee dominated by Republicans advanced a proposal Thursday that says ballots and election machines are not privileged, confidential or protected from disclosure if the Legislature issues a subpoena. Democrats were opposed.

The Republican-controlled county board has been fighting the Senate’s effort to get access to ballots and election machines since mid-December.