Chris Lange, FISM News
A probe into Maricopa County’s 2020 presidential election results has uncovered “instances of election fraud,” according to an interim report concerning an Election Integrity Unit probe.
The report outlined several issues that it said “were problematic system-wide issues” related to “early ballot handling and verification.”
In a letter sent to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R), Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) stated that the probe “raises questions about the 2020 election” results in Arizona’s most populous county. The EUI found multiple “instances of election fraud” which exposed “serious vulnerabilities” in the county’s election process.
“The EIU’s review has uncovered instances of election fraud by individuals who have been or will be prosecuted for various election crimes,” Brnovich wrote, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
The AG said the EIU “uncovered multiple violations of ballot transportation procedures,” including 381 forms from 1,895 Early Voting Ballot Transportation Statements that had missing required information. “[I]n other words, it is possible that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 ballots were transported without a proper chain of custody,” Brnovich wrote.
The interim report was slammed by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer in a joint statement released Wednesday.
“The Attorney General’s interim report about the 2020 election in Maricopa County includes no new evidence, nothing that would have changed the results, and nothing that should lead people to question the overall health of our electoral system,” they said.
The report is the latest of a series of investigations into Arizona’s election that have found multiple discrepancies, but none have yet proved to have been so widespread that it would have affected the 2020 election results.
Former President Donald Trump had been widely favored to win the Grand Canyon State in his bid for a second term at the White House. Arizona had not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in the 24 years preceding the 2020 election when Biden edged out Trump by a count of 10,457 votes.
Trump and his allies claim the election was rigged.