April 22, 2021
OANN is the official broadcast team of the Senate audit. No. Really.
Maricopa County is handing over its tabulation machines to the Senate today. Tomorrow, the county’s 2.1 million ballots will be delivered so Trump ninjas can begin their audit of the November election on Friday.
Maricopa County delivering ballots, equipment for audit
Officials in Arizona’s most populous county started delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden to the state fairgrounds on Wednesday. They plan to cart 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have question whether Biden’s victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results.
Sen. Kelly Townsend votes NO on the anti-PEVL bill SB1485; plans to hold on all election legislation until audit results come back
Michelle Ugenti-Rita, sponsor of SB1485, accuses Townsend of making a "show of spite and rage" because some of Townsend's own election bills haven't been heard.
Townsend says she told leadership she won't vote for any more election bills until after the Senate's audit/recount of the Maricopa County election. "It is incumbent on us to be patient and wait - Otherwise we're doing it for show."
Townsend said it'd be wrong to fast-track "election integrity" bills without first finishing the audit to determine what (if anything) actually needs to be done to change Arizona's elections. Townsend bemoaned that the Senate might adjourn sine die before the audit is complete.
Sen. Townsend: "I do not support sine die prior to that audit’s conclusion. Anyone listening knows that I absolutely want election integrity. This vote proves it. I vote no." With that, #SB1485 won't be heading to Governor Ducey's desk, at least not today.
SB1485 failed 14-16. One of those no votes is from the sponsor, Michelle Ugenti-Rita, so that she can make a motion to reconsider the bill at a later date.
Source: Ben Giles, KJZZ reporter, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben_giles