Although a countywide election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, has yet to conclude, preliminary findings reportedly show discrepancies compared to the results announced by the county in its own recount.
Such updates have only deepened the doubts some have expressed about the official results, prompting at least one state lawmaker to advance the idea of a resolution to “reclaim” the state’s 11 electors awarded to President Joe Biden.
“That will take a resolution to do so”
Republican state Sen. Sonny Borrelli revealed his position during an interview on Monday with One America News.
Although he acknowledged that such a measure would have a low probability of success, he said that “the only power” state lawmakers have in the situation is to declare the election unable to be certified.
“The county is not coming to us with answers to any of the questions that we have, or we can’t come up with a definitive conclusion,” Borrelli asserted. “So, therefore, if you can’t come up with a definitive solution or conclusion, then how can this thing be certified in the first place?”
The Arizona Republican noted that his party could “reclaim the electors, but that will take a resolution to do so.”
He went on to note that he is “prepared” to move forward with such a resolution if county officials refuse to cooperate or final audit results raise sufficient doubt about the accuracy of the election results.
“We need to get this right”
In any case, Borrelli acknowledged that the resolution would need to be passed by the state Senate and House before it is forwarded to the U.S. Congress, where a Democratic majority would likely ensure its demise.
Of course, he is not the only public figure in Arizona to float the idea of recalling Biden electors. State Sen. Wendy Rogers, also a Republican, asserted that she had “heard enough” upon learning about the alleged discrepancies last week.
“I call for the Biden electors to be recalled to Arizona & a new election must be conducted,” she tweeted. “Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.”
Republican Arizona Senate President Karen Fann responded to that statement during her own One America News interview on Friday.
“I am not saying there is no way it can be done,” she said. “What I am saying is our Senate body does not have the authority to do it. 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.”