Maricopa County approved a financial claim against the Arizona Senate for reimbursement of the nearly $3 million spent to replace election equipment that was decommissioned due to the Republican-led chamber’s 2020 election audit.
The county’s board of supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to serve Senate President Karen Fann a notice of the claim, which seeks $2,833,220 for the cost of replacing machines “rendered useless” by the audit.
County supervisors emphasized the county was not filing a lawsuit against the state Senate with the financial claim. Instead, they sought to hold Fann accountable to an agreement she signed in April to indemnify the county of audit costs.
However, supervisor Bill Gates said the claim demonstrates the county reserves the right to sue if it has to “work out the payment” for the decommissioned machines.
Fann expressed opposition to the claim, signaling the matter will make its way to court. (Read more from “Maricopa Approves Financial Claim Against Arizona Senate for Cost of Voting Machines Subpoenaed for Audit” HERE)
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