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County tells Arizona Senate to keep files, threatens lawsuit

Posted at 6:08 PM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 21:08:38-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County is directing the Arizona Senate and the auditors it hired to review the county's 2020 election count to preserve documents for a possible lawsuit.

The county made the demand in a letter Friday after the auditors refused to back down from their claim that the county destroyed evidence by deleting an election database.

The GOP-controlled Board of Supervisors and Republican Recorder Stephen Richer say the claim is false.

County officials earlier this week say they might consider filing a defamation lawsuit if Senate President Karen Fann and the auditors don't retract the allegation that files were deleted.