Rep. Anthony Kern (R-Ariz.) on Friday, Dec. 18, called out Republicans from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors who voted to reject subpoenas issued by a top Arizona state senator and renewed his call for a special legislative session on election integrity.
Eddie Farnsworth, the Republican chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, had issued the subpoenas to audit Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the Nov. 3 election and ballots in the Maricopa County.
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Friday, Dec. 18, to file a complaint in the Arizona Superior Court and won’t comply with the subpoenas. Maricopa County Chairman of the Board Clint Hickman, a Republican, said the subpoenas were unconstitutional and a “slap in the face.”
Democrat Supervisor Steve Gallardo called the subpoenas “disgraceful” and that he is “not interested in trying to satisfy a small, small group of loud participants at the expense of a certified tabulation system.”
Kern fired back, “Small group of loud participants? Hah! I don’t think 74 million people are a small group of participants!”
— Anthony Kern (@anthonykernAZ) December 19, 2020
According to National File, Kern said the board’s decision was “garbage.”
“I think they’re not doing the right thing. If there are any concerns about any election fraud, they need to do the right thing and open the books, and allow the legislators, of which one I am, to do their job, and bring integrity to these elections,” Kern said.
“I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to reach in and show transparency in their election. There is so much angst out there, and people are very upset. Our country is at stake, our state is at stake, and we need to do the right thing and put our political careers aside,” he added.
The Maricopa County board consisted of four Republicans and one Democrat. Only one Republican voted against their decision on Friday. Kerns called out Republicans who were not standing up for President Trump.
President Trump is “out there fighting for us as Americans and as Arizonans, and now, where are we, [Republicans] to help our President?” Kern asked. “It’s appalling to me that people don’t have a spine.”
On Nov. 30, Maricopa County GOP Chairwoman Linda Brickman testified before members of the Arizona Legislature that she saw ballots for President Trump being tallied for Democrat candidate Joe Biden when they were entered into Dominion Voting machines. Brickman said she and her Democratic partner witnessed votes shifted to Biden “more than one.” The chairman also said she was intimidated by election supervisors after she raised red flags about the anomaly.
Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos has denied allegations that the company’s voting machines can switch votes.
“No one has produced credible evidence of vote fraud or vote switching on Dominion systems because these things have not occurred,” Poulos said during a hearing with Michigan state legislators on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
However, a forensic audit report from Allied Security Operations Group released on Monday of Dominion machines and software in Michigan’s Antrim County found that the machines were assigned a 68.5 percent error rate and the voting system “is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.”