The Republican chair of Arizona’s state Home Ways and Method Committee presented an expense Wednesday that would offer the Legislature authority to override the secretary of state’s accreditation of its electoral votes.
GOP Rep. Shawnna Bolick presented the expense, which rewrites parts of the state’s election law, such as areas on election observers and protecting and auditing tallies, to name a few measures.
One area grants the Legislature, which is currently under GOP control, the ability to withdraw the secretary of state’s accreditation “by bulk vote at any time prior to the governmental inauguration.”
” The legislature may do something about it pursuant to this subsection without regard to whether the legislature is in regular or unique session or has actually held committee or other hearings on the matter.”
An ask for comment from Arizona’s secretary of state was not instantly returned.
The move comes as the Arizona GOP has actually faced an intraparty fight after former President Donald Trump fueled baseless claims about the election after the state went to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election– the very first time in 24 years a Democrat has won the state.
The state GOP has likewise moved to censure Cindy McCain, the wife of late previous Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, and former Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. Both supported Biden in the election.
It’s uncertain how far the bill will go even in a Republican-controlled House and Senate. Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward, who is facing concerns about her own reelection to the position, declared the presidential election was taken from Trump, other leading Republicans have actually pressed back on such claims.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, rebutted President Donald Trump’s meritless attempts to overturn the election results there in a sharply-worded statement in December2020 He also dismissed the concept of the Legislature selecting its own electors to provide the state’s Electoral College votes to Trump.
” I elected President Trump and worked hard to reelect him. I can not and will not captivate an idea that we breach current law to alter the outcome of a licensed election,” he stated at the time.
Dartunorro Clark is a political press reporter for NBC News.