The Arizona Senate has found a venue for its recount of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots.
Senate President Karen Fann signed a contract this week to lease the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix from April 19 to May 14 for the Legislature to house the ballots, which were subpoenaed from the county without a place to store them.
The contract is just the latest step in the Senate’s monthslong effort to conduct its own unprecedented review of the county’s ballots after then-President Donald Trump disputed his defeat in the state.
Though two previous audits of the county’s election results did not turn up problems, the Senate nearly passed a resolution to jail the members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors as they fought the subpoenas in court. When the county lost its legal battle, the Senate still had to figure out where, exactly, it would house 2.1 million ballots.