Arizona GOP Senate leader: State Senate lacks ‘authority’ to overturn 2020 election results

For many of former President Donald Trump’s supporters, all eyes have been on the results of an audit of the Maricopa County, Arizona 2020 election results.

But according to the Washington Examiner, those who were hoping to see the Arizona Senate overturn the election results received terrible news over the weekend, as Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) admitted that the legislative body lacks the power to recall electors, no matter the results of an audit. 

“The Senate body — we do not have the authority to do that. So, this is what we have said, and I want to make this very clear on the record,” Fann said during an interview with One America News Network.

Fann’s statement came in the wake of other GOP Arizona state senators demanding, based on initial findings from the latest audit, that the election results be overturned.

It’s about “election integrity”

Many of the Republicans who make up the ranks of the Arizona Senate have been wholly supportive of audit efforts, with most of them being vocal supporters of the former president. A recent hearing held by the body, which revealed several eyebrow-raising results, sparked hope for many that perhaps the county’s 2020 election results would be overturned.

But Fann, and other Senate Republicans, have gone on the record making sure to inform those paying close attention to the ongoing process that it’s not about overturning the 2020 election results, rather, it’s about election integrity for future Arizona races.

“We as a Senate body — we have the ability to subpoena information because we make laws. And we’re entitled to have the information to determine how to write those laws. That’s why we are successful in court, and that’s what we’re doing,” Fann said.

The Republican senator added: “It’s all about election integrity. It’s not about the Trump-Biden race. It’s not about the Kelly-Martha McSally race.”

Hope remains

Fann clarified that while the Senate lacks the power to recall electors or otherwise affect the outcome of the 2020 election results, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done through other channels, specifically through the state’s Attorney Generals’ office.

“I am not saying there is no way it can be done. What I am saying is our Senate body does not have the authority to do it,” Fann said.

She added: “However, we will turn [the audit’s findings] over to the attorneys general, not only on the state level, but on the federal level. And we will turn it over to Congress, and they can make those decisions. And that is, I’m saying, if there were any wrongdoings.”

Only time will tell whether or not the latest audit findings will result in a modification to the outcome of the 2020 election results, but even if it happens, it will likely be fiercely contested by the Democratic Party for years to come.

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