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Group aims to recall some Maricopa County Supervisors

'We The People '
Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 14:17:23-05

PHOENIX — It's been nearly two months since Election Day and five weeks since the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to certify the county's election results.

Since then, some have fought to argue against those results, echoing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

On Wednesday, there was a renewed effort to disrupt the process as hundreds filled the courtyard outside the Arizona State Capitol, demanding some Maricopa County Supervisors be recalled. The effort was led by a group calling themselves, "We the People."

The Maricopa County Recorder's office tells ABC15 they've received a letter of intent from the group announcing their plans to start gathering signatures to trigger a recall election.

Four of five supervisors voted not to respond to subpoenas issued by some GOP members of the Arizona legislature demanding an audit of the county's elections software.

Petitions sent to the Recorder's office specified intent to recall the four who, in turn, voted to file a lawsuit within the Maricopa County Superior Court system to ask a judge to make a ruling on whether or not to respond to the subpoenas.

Maricopa County officials released this statement just after the decision on December 18:

"Board members believe the 2020 General Election is over. The results have been certified. Maricopa County’s process throughout was transparent and the results produced were accurate. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will continue to provide secure elections and will not allow false allegations driven by conjecture to deviate the Board from that mission."

"We the People" called the board's decision "deceptive political maneuvering" in a statement released earlier this week.

According to county officials, the recall isn't official until the group can gather between 50 to 100 thousand signatures per district. The number of signatures needed may vary depending on the number of voters.

If successful, officials say each supervisor would either have five days to decide if they want to resign from their position or issue a statement to be included on the ballot for the recall election.

On Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an opinion with the court arguing the state legislature can investigate Maricopa County's elections process.

That decision will still need to be made by a judge.