Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has come under scrutiny after sending a letter earlier this month, threatening counties for following the resolution passed in the legislature which bans the use of foreign-made and noncompliant voting machines.
Critics have questioned whether or not Mayes was fraudulently elected to his position.
Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 1037, passed in the Arizona House and the Arizona Senate, states:
No voting system or component or subcomponent of a voting system or component, including firmware software or hardware, assemblies and subassemblies with integrated circuits or on which any firmware or software operates, may be used or purchased as the primary method for casting, recording and tabulating ballots used in any election held in this state for federal office unless:
1. All components have been designed, manufactured, integrated and assembled in the United States from trusted suppliers, using trusted processes accredited by the Defense Microelectronics Activity as prescribed by the United States Department of Defense; and
2. The source code used in any computerized voting machine for federal elections is made available to the public; and
3. The ballot images and system log files from each tabulator are recorded on a secure write-once, read-many media with clear chain of custody and posted on the Secretary of State’s website free of charge to the public within twenty-four hours after the close of the polls; and
4. The legislature transmits this resolution to the secretary of state.
The legislature passed SB1074, which would have established certain requirements for electronic voting machines.
However, Katie Hobbs vetoed this bill.
On election day, 59% of these machines failed, raising questions about the integrity of the election results.
Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli recently announced in a press release that SCR1037 would be directly transmitted to the Secretary of State.
This is an exercise of the Legislature’s plenary authority granted under Article 1 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives them power to regulate the “Times, Places and Manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives.”
It seeks to ensure that electronic voting systems used in federal elections meet necessary standards of protection.
It appears as though Arizona’s Attorney General is attempting to maintain a system that installed Katie Hobbs and herself into office – thus raising questions regarding their potential ulterior motives.
Kris Mayes sent a letter to Arizona County Attorneys on August 11, warning them that they are not legally allowed to hand count ballots.
BREAKING: Arizona Attorney General sends a letter to all counties threatening them with prosecution if they count their ballots by hand
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This threatens the integrity of elections and raises serious questions about law enforcement’s role in influencing outcomes.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote a letter to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, stating that Arizona law requires votes to be counted by “automatic tabulating equipment.”
Despite this claim, ARS 16-621 provides that ballots may be manually counted when using machines becomes impracticable. The resolution also outlines new standards for security and practicability.
In response to the Attorney General, Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli asserted that electronic voting systems are not mandated by statute in Arizona and asked how else votes could be counted if such machines were not used.
This appears to contradict the Attorney General’s assertion that votes must be tallied by automatic tabulating equipment.