Maricopa County

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Facing defeats in court, Republican lawmakers are moving to change the law -- retroactively -- in a bid to eventually get their hands on voting equipment and ballots, even if it takes months.

(Capitol Media Services 2012 photo by Howard Fischer)

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County supervisors are set to approve two separate audits of election equipment Wednesday in a bid to satisfy questions about security and the results -- and avoid further litigation with the state Senate.

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Facing a contempt vote in the Senate and a possible adverse court ruling, Maricopa County supervisors agreed Wednesday to give lawmakers pretty much everything they are demanding in election materials and access to voting equipment.

The deal guarantees that the Senate Judiciary Committee will get copies of every ballot cast in the Nov. 3 general election. While the subpoena had asked for the original ballots, Senate President Karen Fann told Capitol Media Services this will suffice.

MATT YORK / AP

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- State senators won't get the trove of election materials they are demanding, at least not yet -- if ever.