NEWS & ANALYSIS

Arizona GOP House Speaker Criticizes Finchem’s Election Decertification Bill


Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers criticized Rep. Mark Finchem’s legislation to decertify the 2020 election results in three counties on Monday, signifying a split among the chamber’s Republicans. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, Finchem introduced a bill Monday to decertify the 2020 election in three counties.

“In the case of Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties, the fact that there is evidence showing illegal acts occurred, whether by intent or omission does not matter, the margin of error exceeds the margin of victory,” Finchem said.

“If we are a nation governed by the ‘rule of law,’ as we so often espouse, then violations of the law must have consequences,” he continued. “In that regard, the 2020 General Election is irredeemably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”

In a statement Monday, Bowers blasted Finchem’s bill, which was co-sponsored by 10 state House representatives and three state senators, Just the News reports

“Mr. Finchem’s obviously unconstitutional and profoundly unwise proposal will receive all of the consideration it deserves,” Bowers said. 

Finchem issued a response via Twitter. 

Bowers’ reaction to Finchem’s bill follows his decision last week to assign all 12 House committees Rep. John Fillmore’s legislation that would limit early or absentee voting and require the state Legislature to convene in a special session for the review of primary and general results. Assigning the bill to all of the House committees ensures that it won’t be passed.