The Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County held an emergency meeting on Friday.

The event concerned the Arizona Senate’s threat to take legal action against the County for not providing passwords and routers to people who performed an audit of the local 2020 election results.

According to the official note, the meeting took place in Phoenix, Arizona, at around 2 pm.

It was chaired by Jack Sellers, a representative of District 1.

Other Supervisors who participated included Vice-Chairman Bill Gates from District 3, Steve Chucri from District 2 (who joined a bit late), Clint Hickman from District 4, and Steve Gallardo from District 5.

The meeting was also attended by other participants, including Board’s Deputy Clerk Debra Schaffer, County Manager Joy Rich, Legal Counsel Andrea Cummings, and Minutes Coordinator Kelly Gardiner.


Most attendees participated remotely.

At the beginning of the event, the Legal Counsel Cummings pointed out that the Board convened to discuss the recent warnings that the Senate would take legal action against both the County and the Supervisors.

Cummings stressed that the legal action would be revoked if the Board manages to provide passwords it does not possess and routers that would be used to access delicate data of citizens, including those related to law enforcement and healthcare.

The Supervisors unanimously agreed to Vice-Chairman Gates’s proposal to organize an Executive Session in which further steps of the Board would be discussed.

The Executive Session took place immediately and resulted in an agreement about the necessity of taking legal advice that would elucidate the Board’s responsibilities surrounding the issues of elections equipment and senate subpoena, among others.


Why did it go this way?

Many commentators pointed out that the lack of provision of the necessary elections equipment might signal deeper problems within the system.

Given that the Senate had to act on the issue, the question arises why the auditors themselves did not request the necessary equipment to inspect the election results.

Common sense suggests that it might be either that auditors did not adequately perform their job or that they had some ulterior motives for not asking for the equipment.