Arizona: Voter Fraud Charges Waived After Review

PHOENIX (AP) — A review of potential voter fraud cases in the 2020 general election in Arizona’s second-largest county concluded Friday with prosecutors announcing that none of the 151 issues they examined warranted criminal charges.

The Pima County findings are yet another official rebuttal to former President Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud caused his loss in Arizona and other closely contested states.

The Pima County District Attorney’s announcement permanently closes more than two-thirds of all possible voter fraud cases that were being reviewed by prosecutors and election officials throughout Arizona.

Pima County District Attorney Laura Conover said that although prosecutors found cases in which voters knowingly cast more than one ballot, “there is little or no evidence that they acted with knowledge that their actions would have resulted in or could have resulted in multiple votes being counted.”

“What our investigation revealed was genuine confusion about the electoral process, particularly related to mail-in and provisional ballots, and genuine fear, for a variety of reasons, that their initial vote might not count,” he said. Conover in a statement.

No voter was counted more than one ballot, he added.

An Associated Press investigation found that fewer than 200 cases of possible fraud had been identified in Arizona as of last week, when elections officials in the state’s most populous county, Maricopa, said they had uncovered 38 possible cases of fraud during a comprehensive review. 2.1 million ballots. Those cases were sent to the state attorney general’s office for review and possible prosecution.

Among them are five voters who identified themselves as voting in more than one county, and six people who could have voted twice in Maricopa County. The county report also found 27 cases where ballots were counted that were cast by people who died before they were returned in the mail; those cases were referred to the state attorney general for further investigation and possible filing of charges.

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The AP review found that, in the 15 Arizona counties, the total number of possible voter fraud cases in the 2020 presidential election, including the 151 already closed in Pima County, was 230 among 3.4 million ballots cast. at the state level. Maricopa County is reviewing 100 other cases involving people who died around the time of the election and who allegedly voted.

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