ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona house speaker: Legislature won’t overturn election results

Dec 4, 2020, 4:19 PM | Updated: 9:22 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Despite continued pressure from surrogates of President Donald Trump, Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Friday the state Legislature cannot and will not overturn the certified Nov. 3 election results.

Bowers released a letter stating that he would not call a special session to discuss the 11 electoral votes that went to President-elect Joe Biden after he became the first Democrat to win in Arizona since 1996.

The state constitution also bars the Legislature from overturning certified election results.

“As a conservative Republican, I don’t like the results of the presidential election. I voted for President Trump and worked hard to reelect him,” Bowers wrote.

“But I cannot and will not entertain a suggestion that we violate current law to change the outcome of a certified election.”

Bowers added that Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis have provided no evidence of election fraud.

Giuliani and Ellis held unofficial meetings in Phoenix earlier this week with some legislators in an effort to prove fraud and overturn Trump’s loss in the state.

“Both times, the Trump team made claims that the election was tainted by fraud but presented only theories, not proof,” Bowers said.

Lawsuits from Arizona Republicans challenging the integrity of the election have been plentiful and mostly unsuccessful since Biden was declared the winner in the state.

As of Friday afternoon, one lawsuit filed by Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward was still active.

Ward is challenging ballots in Maricopa County that were duplicated because voters’ earlier ballots were damaged or could not be run through tabulators.

A court-ordered sampling of 1,626 duplicated ballots found Trump lost seven votes due to errors in ballot processing in Maricopa County.

An election official had testified Trump could have lost 103 votes if the error rate were extrapolated across all 27,800 duplicated ballots in the county. Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.

“No election is perfect, and if there were evidence of illegal votes or an improper count, then Arizona law provides a process to contest the election: a lawsuit under state law,” Bowers said.

“But the law does not authorize the Legislature to reverse the results of an election.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

The late Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords were selected to receive the Presiden...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from July 1-3

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
23 hours ago
(Ruth Charlene Davidson - Phoenix Police photo)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert canceled for 86-year-old woman last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was canceled Sunday night for an 86-year-old woman named Ruth Charlene Davidson who last seen in driving in north Phoenix.
23 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

2 men dead, 1 arrested following shooting at Phoenix bar

Two men are dead and one was arrested early Sunday after a shooting took place at a Phoenix bar and grill, authorities said. 
23 hours ago
The DoorDash app is shown on a smartphone on Feb. 27, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/File)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix establishments named on DoorDash’s 100 most loved restaurants

DoorDash released The 100 Most Loved All-Stars Restaurant on its app and two different Phoenix establishments made the list.
23 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police investigating shooting that leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Police are investigating a shooting early Sunday morning that left one man dead and injured two others, authorities said. 
23 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert canceled for 90-year-old man last seen in Sun City West

A Silver Alert issued Saturday night for a missing 90-year-old man last seen in Sun City West was canceled, authorities said. 
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
CANVAS ANNUITY

Best retirement savings rates hit 4.30%

Maximize your retirement savings with guaranteed fixed rates up to 4.30%. Did you know there is a financial product that can give you great interest rates as you build your retirement savings and provide you with a paycheck for life once you retire? It might sound too good to be true but it is not; this product is called an annuity.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
Arizona house speaker: Legislature won’t overturn election results