Arizona attorney general’s office directs Maricopa County to preserve election evidence for investigation

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Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright on Tuesday sent a notice to Maricopa County placing a litigation hold on all evidence and materials relating to the county’s 2020 election results for an investigation.

Keeping Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s vow to act on information unveiled in the audit, Wright announced “The Elections Integrity Unit (“Unit”) of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (“Office”) has begun its review of the report and materials provided by the Arizona Senate.”

Based on the findings of the Arizona election audit, the attorney general’s office has found it necessary to obtain all “documents, files, and related information during the course of review that is potentially relevant to the 2020 General Election,” that are in the county’s posession.

In preparation for an investigation, the letter state it serves as “notice to Maricopa County that a litigation hold should be in effect,” applying to all physical or digital information, files, equipment, ballots, records, footage, building access records, and anything else relating to the election.

“All Maricopa County employees, contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, and assigns who were directly or indirectly involved in any aspect of managing the 2020 election,” are required to comply with the attorney general office’s request.

The notice to Maricopa County comes just days after Brnovich said he was prepared to take all “necessary actions supported by the evidence,” and where he has “legal authority.”

“I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority,” Brnovich wrote on Twitter Friday night after the audit hearing. “Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected.”

Arizona’s audit of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots cast in the 2020 election discovered tens of thousands of discrepancies that must be addressed in order to ensure election integrity.

Brnovich’s office appears prepared to do just that in its own probe of the Arizona Senate’s audit results.

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