Arizona county election officials have identified less than 200 cases of possible vote rigging out of more than 3 million votes in last year’s presidential election, dismissing claims by former President Donald Trump as his allies continue a controversial vote review in the state’s most populous district.
An Associated Press investigation found 182 cases where the problems were so obvious that officials referred them for further consideration. So far, only four cases have resulted in charges, including those identified in another state-wide investigation. No one has been convicted. No vote was counted twice.
Although there is a possibility that new cases may emerge, the figures show that Mr. Trump’s claims that fraud and irregularities in Arizona cost him the votes of this state electorate are unlikely to be substantiated. According to the final certified results, Mr. Biden won 10,400 more votes than Mr. Trump out of a total of 3.4 million cast.
The AP’s findings are consistent with previous analyzes showing that voter fraud is rare. The system has numerous mechanisms to prevent not only manipulations but also to identify them if they occur.
““Election officials across the country have done their utmost to ensure the integrity of the election and the public confidence in this election.” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat.
Possible cases in Arizona bring to light another reality: Fraud by votes can happen from both sides. Of the four Arizona cases that have resulted in criminal charges, two involved Democratic voters and two Republicans.
The AP agency’s study supports statements made by many state and local election officials – and even some county Republican officials and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey – that Arizona’s presidential election was safe and its results were valid.
And yet, the Republican-led Arizona State Senate has been conducting a review of the results in Phoenix Maricopa County for months. The attempt has been discredited by election experts and has faced bilateral criticism, but some Republicans, including Mr. Trump, have suggested it will reveal evidence of multiple manipulations.
“This is not a massive problemSaid Adrian Fontes, a Democrat who oversaw the Maricopa County election office during the 2020 election.
The AP analyzed possible cases after submitting requests for public documents in all Arizona counties. Most counties – 11 out of 15 – reported that they had not sent any potential cases to prosecutors. Most of the cases identified so far involve people voting for a deceased relative or people who tried to vote twice./VOA