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Votes are counted by Maricopa County Elections Department staff in Phoenix, Arizona, in November. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems both refused on Monday to comply with subpoenas from the Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate over an audit of the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: Their refusal comes days after the Justice Department issued a second warning to states that so-called audits of the election could violate federal laws, something Dominion cited in its refusal Monday, per the Arizona Republic.

Driving the news: The Senate's contractors say they need to check routers to see if the county's voting machines were connected to the internet during the election.

What they're saying: The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors noted in a letter in response to the latest subpoena that it had already provided the contractors with the information needed for this check — noting that some of the materials they'd been asked to provide were in the custody of the recorder's office, per the Arizona Republic.

  • Thomas Liddy, civil division chief for the county attorney's office, wrote that providing the routers "puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County citizens — including Social Security numbers and protected health information — at risk."
  • Liddy noted that the Maricopa County Sheriff "has explained that the production of the routers would render MCSO internal law enforcement communication infrastructure extremely vulnerable to hackers."
  • Dominion said in its letter obtained by the Arizona Republic that the request "violates" its constitutional rights and "exceeds the Legislature's constitutional and statutory authority. Doing so would cause grave harm."

Go deeper: Arizona Senate postpones plans to interview voters after DOJ raises concerns

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Scoop: Jeff Flake seeds new voting nonprofit

Jeff Flake. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who's now President Biden's nominee to be ambassador to Turkey, is funding a nonprofit focused on election processes in his home state of Arizona, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Arizona is ground-zero for election conspiracy theories. While those behind the Public Integrity Foundation say that's not the impetus for the group, they hope it will address some of the underlying issues.

Florida fines county $3.5 million for implementing vaccine mandates

Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday fined Leon County $3.5 million for requiring its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying it violated the state's ban on "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: This is Florida's latest move to penalize local officials who have attempted to implement mask or vaccine mandates to contain the spread of the virus.

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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.