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Arizona Attorney General Begins Official Investigation Into Maricopa County’s Resistance to Senate’s Subpoenas

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has opened an investigation into Maricopa County’s failure to comply with valid and enforceable legislative subpoenas.

Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli issued an official request last week after Maricopa County officials defied a Senate subpoena. 

Both a Maricopa County Elections Director and a key employee of the voting ballot printing company in Phoenix donated money to ActBlue for Democratic candidates prior to the November 2020 Election in Arizona.

Kelly Dixon was the elections official who sent the email out to staff stipulating voters would be required to use Sharpie markers at polling places on Election Day, but ballpoint pens prior to that specific time.

Kelly Dixon

Some of the elections clerks suspected this could be to circumvent or take advantage of the expectations that Democrats were more likely to vote early, and Republicans were more likely to show up in person on Election Day.

Federal Election Commission records show that Dixon donated $100 to Democrat fundraising aggregator ActBlue on September 22, 2020.

She attached a memo to the donation stipulating that the cash was “EARMARKED FOR MARK KELLY FOR SENATE.”

Kelly went on to be declared the winner in the Arizona Senate race by the margin of some 78,000 votes.

Curiously, Dixon ordered subordinates to hand out ballpoint pens to voters from October until November 2 -the day before the election – then switch to Sharpie markers on November 3.

In her October 22, 2020 email to them, Dixon admitted that they are aware of significant complaints relating to issues using Sharpie markers on ballots at polling locations.

Dixon specifically indicated that on November 2, poll workers are to give out ballpoint pens instead of markers, then switch back to the markers on election day, November 3.

“Next, we’ve heard you and we know you’re hearing issues and concerns about the Sharpie Markers,” Dixon acknowledged in the email. “Starting tomorrow, 10/23, and through 11/2, we are asking that Clerks hand voters BALLPOINT PENS rather than Markers.”

Dixon actually emailed this order.

However, Dixon went on to stipulate that Sharpie markers must be used on November 3: “We NEED to use Markers on Election Day, but for now and through 11/2, hand voters a Ballpoint Pen. You have plenty of pens in your supplies right now.”

She concluded with directions for recipients of the email to “message this to your Inspectors and ensure they cascade this change down to everyone on the Board.”

Perhaps equally concerning is that a key figure and relative of the owner of the local ballot printing company was a repeated donor to ActBlue.

Brian Runbeck identifies himself as the Client Services Manager/Project Manager and Production Coordinator at Runbeck Election Services, saying he manages the production of election ballots and related official election material. He claims he handles high pressure deadlines and high volume production.

Stunningly, government records indicate Brian Runbeck was a prolific monetary contributor (over 50 times in 2020) to Act Blue, Biden for President and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Thousands of mail-in ballots in pristine condition in Maricopa County suddenly showed up after the 2020 presidential election. The same scenario simultaneously occurred in Fulton County, GA.

They were all printed by Runbeck Election Services in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the same company local media reported on regarding Rey Valenzuela, elections director, and Kevin Runbeck, owner of the printing company.

This was previously on the Runbeck website:

(Note: The reference by Valenzuela has been taken down from the Runbeck website.)

Sworn Testimony

When Rudy Giuliani and Arizona state legislatures held public hearings regarding the Maricopa County election fraud of November 2020, among the most compelling sworn testimonies came from elections witness Jan Bryant.

Her testimony coincided with others and may explain Arizona audit director Ken Bennett’s later revelation that Dominion Voting Systems had refused to comply with a subpoena to turn over passwords to its Maricopa County voting machines.

During the hearing on November 30, 2020, Bryant testified under oath that not even county IT staff were allowed access to the machines.

Bryant witnessed Dominion employees with a laptop computer in the counting room during the six days she worked at the Maricopa County Election Center.

During questioning by Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem, Bryant said there were daily election ballot deliveries to the center by Runbeck Election Services. According to witness testimony, these deliveries happened from Nov. 3 to at least Nov. 10.

Repeated explanations by supervisors at that time was that “Runbeck has high speed scanners,” Bryant said. She was told the ballots were scanned offsite by Runbeck and then delivered to the Maricopa County Election Center.

Transcript Quotes from Bryant’s testimony:

Jan Bryant: …ten days before they quit tabulating they thought they were done. And then more truck loads of ballots would come in. And I’m like, how can you not know how many ballots are still out there.

State House Rep. David L. Cook: Mr. Chairman I’m sorry. WOULD YOU REPEAT THAT. They thought they were done, and then there was WHAT?

Jan Bryant: They thought they were done multiple times. Multiple times the people that were running the rooms thought they were done (counting ballots), or almost done. Or were gonna be done Wednesday morning (Nov. 4th), then Thursday morning (Nov. 5th), then Friday morning. Then it went on the whole next week. And I’m like, I asked the question, You don’t know how many ballots are still left to come in? I don’t know who does, again…process…project management, but zero.

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2 replies »

  1. I always wondered why voting by pulling those little mechanical levers was replaced by electronic voting. Speed couldn’t have been the reason since tabulations were usually finalized within a few hours of polls closing. Now, not so much.

    Security couldn’t have been the reason, either. Our present situation confirms that.

    So when, why and who came up with this mess? Actually, the Why has now become abundantly clear. Maybe we should take a step back and bring back into use those booth with the levers…with plenty of watchers to ensure no monkeying around. Or perhaps we use the method used in the first Iraqi votes, remember how the press plastered all those pictures of Purple Fingers all over every edition of papers worldwide? I mean, even a Democrat wouldn’t cut someone’s dyed finger off
    so they could vote twice…would they?

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