Finchem cited “clear and convincing evidence that the elections in those counties were irredeemably compromised” according to a press release from his office.
But Arizona’s Republican House speaker has said that the resolution is dead-on-arrival.
▶️GOP State Rep. Mark Finchem intros resolution to “decertify” ’20 elex in 3 AZ counties.
▶️GOP Speaker Bowers: “Mr. Finchem’s obviously unconstitutional & profoundly unwise proposal will receive all of the consideration it deserves.”
▶️In other words… pic.twitter.com/bruvuMeFMq
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) February 8, 2022
“Mr Finchem’s obviously unconstitutional and profoundly unwise proposal will receive all the consideration it deserves” said Speaker Rusty Bowers according to a tweet by local ABC News 15.
In Arizona, a concurrent resolution may be used to call for a referendum of the voters, to begin the process of amending the state or federal constitution, or expressing regret at the death of a public figure.
It’s unclear what remedy Finchem is aiming for.
“If we are a nation governed by the ‘rule of law,’ as we so often espouse, then violations of the law must have consequences,” concluded Finchem in his statement. “In that regard, the 2020 General Election is irredeemably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”
The resolution appears to be related to Finchem’s run for the top elections job in the state.
“Finchem, whose district includes parts of Pima and Pinal counties, is a candidate for Arizona secretary of state endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who has boosted assertions of there being widespread fraud in states including Arizona,” said the Washington Examiner.
Indeed, Trump issued an announcement touting the resolution via his Save America PAC on Monday.
The Arizona resolution follows on a similar effort in Wisconsin to recall electors there over charges of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The Wisconsin resolution was referred to a committee which voted down the measure, said the Washington Examiner, in part because there were no co-sponsors for it according to Wisconsin Assembly Republican majority leader Jim Steineke.