The head of the Arizona Republican Party said state officials who don't comply with the GOP-mandated audit of election results in Maricopa County should be arrested.
Appearing on One America News, the far-right news network whose anchors helped raise money to pay for the audit, Kelli Ward suggested the arrest if officials don't comply.
'There have to be consequences,' Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, said. 'There could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply.'
It's the latest drama to encompass the audit of the 2.1 million ballots in the state's largest county, which has featured false allegations votes were destroyed and conspiracy theories alleging the ballots were shredded and eaten by chickens, who were then killed to cover up the evidence.
Ward's comments came after the Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors for Maricopa County refused to attend a meeting Tuesday with GOP senators who had demanded the audit. The board called the audit was a 'sham' run by 'grifters' that cast doubts upon the democratic process.
And it wasn't the first time an arrest has been suggested.
In February, when the county was arguing against the audit in court, most Arizona Republican senators supported a resolution to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt and arrest supervisors for failing to turn over access to voting records. The resolution failed to pass but showed the mindset of those elected officials who demanded the audit.