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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

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Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
 

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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
Audit is going forward.......think MI is also pressing on to find out what really went down
 
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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
Interesting.....just like they didn't want audits of any states where trump won.
 

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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.

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Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

Biden pushing for major immigration reformsRepublicans demand audit of Kelli Ward's win for state GOP chairNew Arizona law cuts consumer protection funding sourceMaricopa County supervisors approve another election audit

Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
Well if you had your life and families in danger from threats, what would you do?
Ask AOC, or Speaker Pelosi, or Mike Pence.
No I'm talking about little people who spoke out about this fraud election not wanting to die from the dreaded disease, ASDS, Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome. From perfect health to a tag on the big toe. Very deadly.
 

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This woman is as honest as she is good-looking.

Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward rejects call for audit of party elections



Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talks to '60 Minutes.''60 Minutes.'


The Arizona Republican Party is rebuffing demands from some of its activists to audit the procedures and results of its own election for chair and other positions, according to an email sent Thursday night to party members.

During a radio interview Friday with KFYI's "The Conservative Circus With James T. Harris," Kelli Ward, who was reelected party chair Saturday at a state party meeting, said the Arizona GOP lacked the “structure” to perform an audit, but said she welcomed input to improve elections.

Ward praised the party's election process, saying “we had no complaints from anyone, from any state committeeman” or those carrying proxy votes. The party used paper ballots and machines from Gila County to run the race.

“Everything was above board,” she said.

Sergio Arellano, a southern Arizona businessman who lost to the incumbent Ward in a runoff to preside as chair for the next two years, had joined other GOP members to allow for “hand count audit and a recount of all of the ballots” days after his loss. He did not expect a review of the election to overturn Ward's win.
Ward, who gained national attention during her two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate and as a promoter of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, won Saturday’s election by 42 votes, according to information provided by state party officials after Saturday’s election.

Questions arose this week about the results of the chair’s race after the wrong winner of another party race was announced. The winner in the race for the at-large committee member from the 8th Congressional District was told she had lost after she had been publicly announced as the winner at the party meeting.

Neither Ward nor the state party's executive director have not responded to The Arizona Republic’s request for comment.

But the party informed party activists of the decision in a Thursday night email missive that seemed to reject the request and Ward elaborated on the decision Friday during the radio interview.

“The team ensured the proper chain of custody for all election materials before, during, and after the election,” the email said. “No challenges to the election were made before close of the meeting; therefore we are pleased to share the final results here.”

Vote tally information included in the email showed that Ward received 654 votes, Arellano received 612 votes, and state treasurer Bob Lettieri received 4 votes.

The email congratulated the winners and said as Republicans look ahead towards the 2022 election cycle, they “look forward to working with each of our newly-elected officers to Keep Arizona Red!”

Arellano said Friday he had not received that email. He said his request to state party officials for an audit remained outstanding.

On KFYI, Ward said there was “no procedure, process, rule that allows for it to be done, and you certainly don’t allow a challenger who lost an election to demand something that they don’t have the right to, and we don't have the responsibility for providing.”

Ward also slammed media local and national media outlets for publishing stories about the controversy, saying they are “not friends of Republicans.” And she criticized Republicans who talked to the media about their concerns with potential irregularities.

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Ward confirmed that Sandra Dowling, the former Maricopa County Schools Superintendent, was inaccurately announced as the winner of an at-large committee position in the 8th Congressional District.

“She wasn't the winner. It was just highlighted wrong on the paper that was handed to me to read out,” Ward said.

Ward said party officials immediately sought to correct that mistake and that she hoped to work with Arellano and her other challengers to move the party forward.

“It is disappointing, that days after that, when there is no way to challenge what happened, that people in that campaign want to gin that up,” Ward said.

“I want to get back to the business of the party. I want to continue to fight for election integrity at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors level, where complaints about the election emerged the night of the election,” she added, referencing the November 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.
Audit or no audit of the state party results, the controversy surrounding the election, and Ward's handling of it, could further deepen misgivings some within the party hold about her and her leadership style ahead of the 2022 elections, where statewide offices are up for grabs.

Have news to share about Arizona's U.S. senators or national politics? Reach the reporter on Twitter and Facebook. Contact her at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com and 602-444-4712.
So much for Republicans being the party of ‘election integrity.’
 

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"Some activists"? These are most likely democrat party activists. Why would the chairperson want to audit her own election?
 

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Auditing of party elections? Seems a tad ridiculous at this point in time.
 

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