Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled Friday that Arizona Senate Republicans can access 2.1 million ballots and voting equipment from the 2020 general election in Maricopa County.
"The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters," Thomason said. "The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws."
The Senate previously issued subpoenas to audit and inspect the integrity of the 2020 election.
"We are thrilled and grateful that the judge was able to see the big picture in this whole issue, that this has never been about overturning an election," said Senate President Karen Fann. "This has always been 100% about voter integrity and finding the answers to all of our voters' questions about the safety and security and validity of the Arizona electoral system."
She continued, "I really want to get questions answered about how many mail ballots are going out to people who are no longer living, or are no longer living in Arizona, or going to wrong addresses, and what we can do to fix those problems."
The county's board of supervisors argued the ballots were to be kept secret by law for 24 months following the election.
"We respect his legal opinion and will immediately start working to provide the Arizona Senate with the ballots and other materials," said Board Chairman Jack Sellers.