Post-election audits reveal no fraud in Arizona


Maricopa County Election Officials check the ballots at the Maricopa County Election Headquarters in Phoenix on November 9. David Wallace / The Republic / USA Today Network

More than half of all counties in Arizona have conducted post-election audits and found no discrepancies or microscopic issues that do not affect the outcome, according to reports filed with the secretary of state’s office.

Audits in Arizona’s four largest counties, which accounted for 86% of all votes for state president, found no evidence of the systematic voter fraud that President Trump complained about. No irregularities were found in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix. Officials in Pima County, home of Tucson, audited a random sample of 4,239 votes in the presidential race and found only a two-vote gap.

Arizona currently has the closest margin between Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. Biden is ahead of 11,537 votes, or just 0.34% out of more than 3.3 million votes cast statewide. There are less than 25,000 ballots left to depend on, according to the secretary of state’s office. CNN has yet to project a winner.

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted, “From 200,000 votes to less than 10,000 votes. If we can check the total votes cast, we will easily win Arizona too! The numbers he cited were inaccurate – Biden’s lead in Arizona did not fall below 10,000.

Under state law, bipartisan audit commissions routinely perform manual count checks of advance ballots and ballots on election day in all 15 counties in Arizona. Audits, which counties begin within 24 hours of the polls close, must include five races, including the presidential race. By regulation, they must count the regular ballots on polling day from at least two ridings or 2% of the ridings, whichever is greater. The constituencies are selected at random, by drawing lots.

Three GOP-leaning counties – Yuma, Gila and La Paz – did not conduct the audits because local Republican Party presidents failed to nominate members to participate, election officials said. Their lack of involvement is surprising, given that Trump has spread baseless accusations that Republican poll watchers have been sidelined.


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