According to The Hill, The State of Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s interim report on his investigation of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results discovered “severe vulnerabilities,” but he did not claim any major fraud. Brnovich, a Republican, wrote a 12-page letter to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, who is also a Republican, outlining his findings.
The flaws, he added, “must be remedied” and “raise doubts about Arizona’s 2020 elections.” Brnovich did not appear to give proof of any major malfeasance, according to the Hill. He did say, though, that because the inquiry is still continuing, “we are constrained in what we can divulge about individual criminal and civil investigations.”
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The states attorney general stated signatures and other information were missing from several of the paperwork verifying the transit of votes, according to The Associated Press. He also complained that election officials verified voter signatures on postal ballots too rapidly.
He also claimed that county officials were sluggish to respond to his information requests. His letter reportedly claimed that investigators discovered “instances of election fraud by persons who have been or will be punished for different electoral violations,” according to the Hill.
He did, however, provide only a few specifics. The report was lauded by Fann, who described it as “a historic day for voter integrity in Arizona.” “We’ve been looking for an institution with prosecution jurisdiction to confirm the errors our audit uncovered, and this interim report provides precisely that,” she added.
“Given Maricopa County elections officials’ lack of compliance and collaboration from the outset, the AG’s conclusions of failures, fraud, and probable misconduct during the 2020 election in Maricopa County are not surprise.”
According to The Hill, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer slammed the interim report. “The Attorney General’s interim report on Maricopa County’s 2020 election contains no new evidence, nothing that would have affected the outcomes, and nothing that should cause anyone to doubt the general health of our electoral system,” the two stated in a joint statement.
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“The bottom line is that the AG has not found a single instance of a ballot being accepted with a non-matching signature or a signature that was afterwards corrected.” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s interim report into allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County was released on Wednesday, raising concerns about multiple voting procedures and vulnerabilities that the AG said should be addressed in future elections.
Former President Donald Trump claimed that he lost the 2020 election to opponent Joe Biden owing to massive voting fraud, which sparked the probe. By a margin of fewer than 10,000 votes, Trump lost Arizona to Biden. Brnovich previously dismissed voting fraud allegations in 2020, stating shortly after the election that “if fact there was some grand scheme” to steal votes from Republicans, “it evidently didn’t work.”
“There is no proof, no facts,” Brnovich said, “that would make anyone to anticipate that the election results will alter.” Brnovich altered his tune after receiving criticism from Trump and some Arizona Republicans and declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Kelly and launched his office’s inquiry into the election.
Individuals who have been – or will be – “prosecuted for different electoral offences” that allegedly occurred during the 2020 election revealed “instances of fraud,” according to Wednesday’s report.
This also revealed important details and information about Maricopa County election officials, including their alleged unwillingness to cooperate with demands for data and paperwork related to the investigation; as a result, Brnovich has proposed changing the rules governing subpoena authority and enforcement.
The study also discovered a number of “serious flaws” in election procedures, including signature verification and vote transportation from drop-box locations.
Between 100,000 and 200,000 votes were believed to have been tampered with in Maricopa County alone, according to reports. Chain of custody refers to the processes, or paper trail, that document the movement of items from one person (or location) to the next.
The probe, according to Brnovich, “uncovered many breaches of ballot transportation protocols,” which is a class two misdemeanor. 16-452 1.7 (A.R.S.) There were 381 forms missing needed information from 1,895 early voting ballot transportation declarations.
One of the key concerns raised by the Brnovich report in terms of election integrity was early ballot signature verifications, which he claimed were not at a level that would prevent misuse, and he asked the state legislature to implement amendments that would improve the situation.