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    The Arizona Legislature was unable to get a bill passed this year clearly banning unmonitored absentee ballot drop boxes, so local activists are organizing schedules of volunteers to watch them, concerned after reports of unusual activity during the primary election this year. Existing law, A.R.S. 16-1005(E), prohibits absentee ballot drop boxes operated by entities other than the government, but legal disputes remain over how much the government is required to monitor them. Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward told The Arizona Sun Times the party is working to facilitate addressing complaints from the absentee ballot drop box watchers that come in. “We are building the attorney network and the reporting structure so we can address problems as they happen,” she said. “We also have thousands of poll observers trained and we are working to make sure Maricopa County doesn’t break the law again in the general like they did in the primary.” The Lions of Liberty, a patriot group in Yavapai County, launched “Operation: Drop Box” to place volunteers near unmonitored drop boxes in their county. State Representative Shawnna Bolick...
    A new poll from The Trafalgar Group shows Trump-endorsed State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), who is running for Arizona secretary of state, more than six points ahead of his opponent, Democratic former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. Conducted between September 14 and 17, the survey of 1,080 likely voters by the Republican-aligned pollster found that 47.5 percent chose Finchem and 41.1 percent chose Fontes. Finchem told The Arizona Sun Times he believes his lead is due to championing election integrity. “Our lead in the polling comes from our message that the people want to secure their elections, they want clean and accurate voter rolls and they want someone to prosecute the fraud,” he said. “The grassroots in Arizona have done a great job spreading this message: #JustFollowTheLaw.” Finchem led on election integrity while serving in the Arizona Legislature, sponsoring bills and holding an election integrity legislative hearing in Tucson last December, where he produced an email from an anonymous sender who alleged there was a plot by Democratic officials to insert 35,000 fraudulent votes into the Pima County 2020...
    Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer shared Monday that voters should be ready for Democrats to initially lead on the night of November 8, as early votes are counted first. “The results released at 8:00 PM on Election Night will be comprised of early ballots we receive by the weekend before Election Day,” Richer tweeted. “First moral of the story: In Arizona, Initial results will likely be much bluer than eventual final results. Second moral: if you want your ballot to be part of results released AT 8:00 PM on Election Night, return it before the weekend before Election Day.” ????A blue night. Lets start setting expectations now. If voting patterns mirror Nov. 2020 and Aug. 2022, the initial results released in Maricopa County on Nov. 8 will be much bluer than the final results. This is because the order in which ballots are tabulated. Cont. — Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct) (@stephen_richer) September 5, 2022 He said this would be the case if voting patterns in the upcoming election mirror those seen in the November 2020 and August...
    Attorney Rachel Mitchell recently announced the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) would continue to strengthen its efforts to combat animal cruelty, which research points to being a gateway crime to more serious offenses. “As you know, I am a believer in the ‘broken windows’ approach to reducing crime,” Mitchell said during a news conference. “If criminal elements get away with small offenses – and let me be very clear, I do not consider animal cruelty to be a small offense – they become emboldened though to pursue bigger crimes or crimes against human beings.” Mitchell revealed that prosecutor Casey Mundell had previously focused on animal abuse cases but was recently appointed as a municipal judge and would leave the MCAO. To fill this void and continue efforts to combat animal cruelty in the state, Mitchell announced she would hire a new prosecutor and specialized detective to focus on these cases. The Arizona Sun Times reached out to the MCAO for more information on the potential new hires but did not hear back before publishing time. Myriah Moon, CEO of New...
    A felon in Arizona has been sentenced to six months in prison after illegally voting in the 2020 election. “Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that Victor Manuel Aguirre, age 47, of Sahuarita, was convicted and sentenced to prison for illegally casting a ballot in the 2020 General Election on August 29, 2022,” according to a Wednesday release from Brnovich’s office. Aguirre pleaded guilty to the rap, which stems from his registering to vote from prison in 2020. Felons are not permitted to vote in Arizona, unless they have gone through a formal process of having their voting rights restored. “Aguirre had been charged by a State Grand Jury in August of 2021, which alleged that Aguirre falsely completed a voter registration form while he was an inmate in the Pima County Jail in September of 2020,” the press release said. “Aguirre completed a registration form indicating that he had not been convicted of a felony or that his rights had been restored. Aguirre, however, had previously been convicted of felony offenses and had not had his rights restored.” The Pima...
    In its final canvass report for the 2022 primary election, Maricopa County says it rejected 14 times more signatures than it did in the 2020 general election. This comes on the heels of Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s finding that the county’s standards for signature verification were “insufficient to guard against abuse.” “Canvass Queen” Liz Harris, so named after conducting an 11-month long independent grassroots audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, told The Arizona Sun Times, “The entire voting system needs an entire overhaul. Period.” The official Maricopa County canvass found that during the August election, 3,364 ballots were rejected for “bad signatures” out of 866,924, which is .0038 percent. In contrast, in 2020, 584 ballots were rejected for “bad signatures” out of 2,089,563 total votes, which represents a much smaller .00028 percent. This translates to 14 times more ballots rejected for “bad signatures during” the August primary. Similarly, in this month’s primary election, 1,137 ballots – .0013 percent of total ballots tabulated – were rejected for no signatures, whereas a smaller percentage of ballots with no signatures were...
    Republicans in Arizona’s Legislative District 3 (LD-3), located in northern Maricopa County and the largest legislative district in the state, issued a scathing censure of Republican Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates Friday for denying election fraud and opposing Republican candidates for office who believe there was. They called for him to resign and for the Maricopa County Republican Party to encourage Republicans to vote him out of office. The censure of Gates began, “Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates has made and continues to make disparaging public comments about Republican Arizona Representatives and Republican candidates during interviews, all while seeming to support Democrat candidates running against them.” The LD-3 GOP first cited a statement Gates made after the primary election on August 2, in which every Trump-endorsed candidate in the state won their races. “The election last night was a catastrophe for the Arizona Republican Party,” he said, “and, I would argue, our democracy.” Next, the LD-3 GOP cited remarks Gates made during an interview on August 5. “I fear that if we continue to nominate people who deny the truth,...
    Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic Wednesday night to discuss the state’s slow election results. At that time, only 82 percent of the ballots had been counted, amd Ward leveled blame at Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. “France can count millions of ballots within hours of their election,” she noted, calling him a “disgrace.” (She retweeted the information about France) Ward said his office announced they would have more results at 7 p.m. from the 125,000 outstanding ballots left from people who had dropped them off at polling locations but never did. While most counties finished their ballot counts shortly after the polls closed, Maricopa County was one of the slowest to finish, citing ballots that people dropped off at the polls on Election Day, verifying provisional ballots, and handling write-ins. Richer’s Maricopa County Elections Department (MCED) estimated that almost 99 percent of ballots for the county would be tabulated by the end of the day on Friday. Ward criticized the Republican attorneys working with Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, who declared...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for Arizona’s most populous county sent a letter on Tuesday warning a local candidate to stop encouraging voters to steal the pens given to them at polling places on Election Day to mark their ballots. Tuesday was the final day of voting in Arizona’s primary, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the ballot-marking pens echoed the now infamous #SharpieGate controversy that erupted after the 2020 election. Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell sent the letter to Gail Golec, a candidate for county supervisor who made various social media posts on Tuesday urging supporters not to use the pens provided by election workers at polling places and to take them when they leave. “As you well know, theft of any sort is unlawful; moreover encouraging theft of the fast-drying ink pens specifically recommended for election day voting is a deliberate attempt to interfere with election administration and will have the harmful effect of delaying the vote tabulation of election day ballots, as the wet ink harms the vote center tabulation machines,” Mitchell wrote in the letter. Golec, in...
    Envelopes containing ballots sent to voters in Maricopa County last week contained a small square with clear plastic on the top left side revealing part of the ballot. The political party of the ballot can clearly be seen in the window, and in some cases, individuals’ voter registration numbers are visible as well. Concerns have been raised that renegade postal workers or election workers might throw Republican ballots out before they reach voters. State Representative Jacqueline Parker (R-Mesa) tweeted, “The post office doesn’t need to know this information. The Recorder’s office is being awfully cavalier & open with personal information in a time when people already don’t trust the mail or AZ’s voting systems.” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer responded to Parker and said due to spacing and legal requirements, the political party ended up on the portion of the ballot that shows up in that small window, and said the ballots had used that format for over 20 years. In another tweet, his office stated that “the window on the back of the yellow carrier envelope allows us to...
    A Phoenix UPS deliveryman was filmed collapsing with heat exhaustion on a doorbell camera, as heat deaths in the Arizona city more than quadrupled in three years. In the video, provided to KPNX, the unnamed driver, dressed in the UPS uniform of dark brown shorts and short sleeve shirt, enters the shaded Scottsdale portico of Brian Enriquez dragging his feet with a padded envelope in his hand. As he gets to the door, he bends down to place the package on the ground and then withers to the ground. The messenger sits for a moment with his legs splayed out in front of him, unable to pick up his head. After a couple of beats, the driver is able to rise to his feet and ring the front doorbell, then amble off unsteadily out of the frame. 'I was concerned for the fact that he was stumbling to the door,' Enriquez told KPNX News in Mesa. 'Had I gotten to my phone sooner, I could have talked to him through my Ring, but he had already left the property at that...
    Maricopa County officials held a press conference and issued a response Wednesday to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s first Interim Report on the 2020 Maricopa County independent ballot audit, prompting a sharp reaction from Brnovich. He said in a letter to supporters, “[T]he Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Recorder continue to throw stones at Attorney General Brnovich instead of working to address the serious issues identified in the interim report.” Jen Wright, head of his Elections Integrity Unit, who has lengthy experience investigating voter fraud for the Arizona Republican Party, sent a response back to their attorney with “serious concerns.” Brnovich also released a video response, calling the county officials out for attacking him over the findings instead of addressing them. He asked why they ignored his finding that “up to 200,000 ballots did not have the proper chain of custody.” Second, “[A]s far as ballot signature authentication, you know, whether it took six seconds, eight seconds, or 10 seconds, why doesn’t the Board of Supervisors tell us exactly what they did, how long it took, and whether...
    According to the New York Daily News, a 64-year-old woman now living in California was given probation instead of jail time as prosecutors wanted after she confessed she used her dead mother's ballot to vote twice in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona. The report notes that a tearful Tracy Kay McKee admitted that she cast the fraudulent vote for her deceased mother in Maricopa County -- the same county that conducted the months-long and expensive investigation into election fraud at the behest of former president Donald Trump. that did not go his way. The report states that McKee was handed two years of probation, hit with a fine and ordered to perform community service in lieu of the 30 days in jail prosecutors asked for. According to the report, prosecutors played a recording of McKey at her hearing where she could be heard accusing others of committing voter fraud and expressed her belief that the election was stolen from Trump. The court heard her tell an investigator, "The only way to prevent voter fraud is to physically go in...
    by Tom Joyce   The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved $17 million in spending to create more affordable housing units. The money–given to the state by the federal government through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)–will go toward two separate projects. Of it, $8 million will create 50 new housing units by converting a hotel in central Phoenix. Meanwhile, the other $9 million will support the construction of affordable rental units.  Arizona Housing, Inc. will use the $8 million to convert an existing hotel on Van Buren Street in Phoenix into permanent, supportive housing. It will undergo improvements to ensure it can be used for longer-term housing. It will offer 50 units for both individuals and couples. Additionally, it will include on-site case management services to help residents overcome barriers to employment and existing programs and services to help them.  Construction on this project will start in late 2022 and be completed in summer 2023.  “I appreciate the innovative thinking and partnerships involved in turning an old hotel into a place where people at risk of...
    Rachel Mitchell, hired by Senate Republicans during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, is running for Maricopa County attorney Arizona Republican Allister Adel announced Monday that she was resigning as the top prosecutor of Maricopa County, a move that the Arizona Republic writes came after negative attention "over her sobriety and absences from the office, which prompted investigations by the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors." Her situation grew worse last week when Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked her to provide more information about 180 misdemeanor cases that were dropped because Adel's office failed to file charges before it was too late. A special election will take place this November, but Adel's would-be successors as county attorney have only until the April 4 filing deadline to turn in the signatures they need to make the August primary ballot. Democratic contenders need to turn in 4,300 valid petitions, while Republicans, who enjoy a voter registration advantage in America's fourth-largest county, need to submit 4,500. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will also be tasked with picking an interim county prosecutor, who by law must share Adel's party affiliation (the body picked...
    The latest voter registration numbers in Maricopa County from February reveal that independents now outnumber both Republicans and Democrats, with 76 more registrations than Republicans. Also according to new data from the Maricopa County Recorder, significantly more Democrats than Republicans left their parties to become independents, 1,331 compared to 1,154 Republicans. The trend favoring Republicans continued with more independents becoming Republicans than Democrats, and more Democrats switching to Republicans than Republicans switching to Democrats. Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward told The Arizona Sun Times, “In little over a year, voters have recognized that Democrat policies are bad for them, bad for their families, and bad for America. As gas prices skyrocket, rent is unaffordable, inflation is at historic levels, and the Biden Administration is steering the world into war, regular people are fleeing from the Democrat Party and looking to liberty-loving Americans to restore sanity in our country.” Independents and Republicans now each make up 34% of voter registrations in the county, with Democrats lagging behind at 30% and Libertarians at .08%. While 806 independents became Republicans in January,...
    by Tom Joyce   The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) announced that it would receive about $3 million in grants from the Department of Justice to help victims of crime. One grant the office will receive will help the office in investigations where DNA is used to find perpetrators in cold cases where it cannot find the offender. Another grant will pertain to the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (often referred to as SAKI). It allows law enforcement to process rape kits quicker.  The DNA cold case grant will give MCAO more than $500,000 to pay for more DNA testing, create a countywide database of cold cases, hire a data analyst, and increase the resources available for prosecutors who specialize in cold case homicide investigations. “This is the first time our office has been awarded this grant. Our goal is to increase the number of successful prosecutions of cold cases throughout our county and provide closure to the victims of violent crimes,” County Attorney Allister Adel said in a press release. Meanwhile, the SAKI grant will be worth about $2.5 million. It...
                 Republicans continue to outpace Democrats in changes to voter registrations, according to information released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. According to the data, in January alone, more than 1,300 individuals in the country switched their party identification to “Republican,” compared to approximately 900 who changed to “Democrat.” January 2022 voter registration numbers: pic.twitter.com/5MimzBqE9L — Maricopa County Recorders Office (@RecordersOffice) February 1, 2022 More individuals in Maricopa County have switched to the Republican Party than Democratic for at least five consecutive months, as President Joe Biden’s approval numbers continue to decline. The numbers presented in the state’s largest population center could be impactful in near elections, as Maricopa County residents make up more than 60 percent of Arizona’s registered voters. In 2020, former President Donald Trump lost the state by a little more than 10,000 votes. In Maricopa, Biden won by roughly 45,000 votes, offsetting his poor performance in rural parts of the state. Furthermore, the trend could be indicative of growing opposition to Biden and congressional Democrats. According to a poll released late last year, a majority...
    The company that led what many believed to be a partisan review of 2020 Presidential Election ballots in Arizona, Cyber Ninjas, is shutting down after threats of fines and a report by election officials.  The Florida-based company, which was launched in 2013, has fired all of its employees, which the company's LinkedIn page said was between two and 10.   'Cyber Ninjas is shutting down. All employees have been let go,' Rod Thomson, the company's representative, said Thursday.  This comes after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah said he would levy a $50,000 fine for each day Cyber Ninjas refused to hand over documents relating to the audit.  A local newspaper, the Arizona Republic, filed a public records request leading to the potential fines.  Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan prior to the Arizona Senate Republicans hearing review of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May...
    In a report, entitled Correcting the Record: Maricopa County’s In-Depth Analysis of the Senate Inquiry, which was released Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot attack, the largest county government in Arizona, Maricopa County, confirmed that the 2020 election was not impacted by fraud. The 93-page report was released by Maricopa County Elections Department. In it, the department criticized an audit commissioned by the state's GOP-led Senate, writing that it contained “faulty analysis” and “inaccurate claims.” It noted that at least 22 claims were misleading, 42 were inaccurate, and 13 were false. “After an in-depth analysis and review of the reports and presentations issued by the Senate’s contractors, we determined that nearly every finding included faulty analysis, inaccurate claims, misleading conclusions, and a lack of understanding of federal and state election laws,” the report read. Arizona’s GOP-controlled Senate has been waiting for Maricopa County’s report for weeks as Donald Trump and his allies continue to claim the election was rigged and tallied wrong. “We have seen how people react when they think that an election has been stolen. They storm the...
    The presidential election in Arizona’s Maricopa County, the largest in the battleground state, was secure and not rigged, the Republican-controlled local government said in a report Wednesday. The 93-page account directly counters claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies. It also comes months after an independent audit sponsored by the Republican-led state Senate found that President Joe Biden won the county by slightly more than originally thought. While the state Senate’s auditors also floated various potential problems with the election when they released their report in September, Wednesday’s report found that the Senate auditors’ claims were based on “faulty analysis, inaccurate claims” and “misleading conclusions,” and it said that the claims demonstrated a “lack of understanding of federal and state election laws.” The report also found that the state Senate and the auditors hired, Cyber Ninjas, made 22 “misleading claims,” 41 “inaccurate” claims and 13 “demonstrably false” claims. (RELATED: Giving Voting Machines To Auditors Raises ‘Grave’ Security Concerns, Arizona Secretary Of State Says) The Maricopa County ballot recount which came after two election audits and found no...
                 Nine Arizona legislators held a hearing Monday in the Democratic stronghold of Pima County and Tucson over persistent rumors of election irregularities, including one anonymous allegation that 35,000 fraudulent votes were added to the final tally. State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) explained why the Pima County election integrity hearing was necessary. “People ask me, ‘Why are you doing Pima when you’re not done with Maricopa, there’s a lot of work to do.’ Well, we’re all playing whack a mole with all the crazy things they’re throwing at us.” She went on, “The clock is ticking while we’re waiting for the 2022 election.” She explained how the Arizona Legislature must be finished by the end of April for the 90 days to go by until any law can be enacted, in order to be in place for the 2022 primary. “Hopefully we can get a special session instead,” referring to her calls for Gov. Doug Ducey to call one now. State Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), who is running for Arizona Secretary of State and is endorsed by Trump,...
                        Based on the results of the Maricopa County ballot audit, as well as findings that have come from informal auditing of the election in Pima County, Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward wants an audit done in every county in Arizona. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is currently investigating the results of the Maricopa County audit, and has ordered the county supervisors to put a litigation hold on the election materials. Former President Donald Trump has called to decertify the results of the Pima County election or hold a new election. “I’ve been asking for full audits of all 15 of Arizona counties,” Ward said during a video. “Momentum for election integrity only continues to build. We the people will not back down. We will not waver.” AZ GOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz now wants to audit the 2020 election results in “all 15 of Arizona’s counties.” pic.twitter.com/932Zn9UULf — The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) October 24, 2021 Arizona Rep. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) called for an audit of all parts...
    In January of 2014, Arizona restaurant owner Bret Frimmel and manager Lisa Norton were arrested by law enforcement from Maricopa County Sheriff’s office on employment-related identity theft charges. Those charges were thrown out of court after a judge found that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s underlings had “recklessly disregarded the truth in affidavits used to get search warrants and ultimately found that there was no probable cause to back up the warrants.”   On Wednesday, Maricopa County officials approved a settlement that will give Uncle Sam’s owner Frimmel $5 million and conclude his civil lawsuit against the County and Arpaio. Uncle Sam’s manager Lisa Norton received $400,000 in a separate settlement of her lawsuit a few weeks ago. The breakdown of the settlement: $3.1 million will come out of the Maricopa County coffers, with the rest covered by insurers. According to the Associated Press, these are a couple of the last civil cases pending against Arpaio.  According to Frimmel’s and Norton’s attorney, his clients “feel vindicated” in their pursuit of justice, and “are relieved to have this behind them. They have lived with this way too long....
    The Arizona State University Police Department has asked the Maricopa County Attorney to bring charges against four people for harassing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on camera as she went into a women’s restroom on the college campus. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday morning that the police are seeking charges against the far-left LUCHA activists for disorderly conduct and disruption of an educational institution, which are misdemeanors. Department spokesperson Adam Wolfe did not name any charges related to laws forbidding recording someone in the bathroom. Wolfe told the Arizona Mirror that he won’t name any of the suspects, either. “I don’t want to overstep on the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and release names, because it’s still being processed and if they choose to prosecute I don’t want to interfere with that,” he told the Mirror. On Fox News on Thursday, anchor Dana Perino said “I hope they do get prosecuted, and that they actually, finally, maybe send a signal to other groups that, yes you can engage with your public service members, but not harass them. Especially in a bathroom.” “Especially since...
    AN Arizona police officer is in critical condition after being injured in the department's station in Avondale Saturday. The Maricopa police department are on the hunt for the suspect. 3The Maricopa police department are on the hunt for the suspectCredit: abc15 3It's unclear how exactly the unnamed officer was injuredCredit: abc15 Witnesses said they saw someone lying on the ground injured at around 11am local time, as reported by ABC15. The department confirmed the officer was at the hospital in critical condition. According to AZcentral, the deputy was found injured near the MCSO's District II substation near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road. "Today, right before 11am we found a deputy that was injured," said spokesperson Sgt. Monica Bretado. "He was transported to the hospital, and right now he's in critical condition." It's unclear how exactly the unnamed officer was injured. Most read in The US SunMOST WANTED Laundrie's parents agree to help search as sleuths think he's in their gardenNEW FACTS Nancy Grace predicts what Gabby autopsy will reveal once it is finally releasedDARK AGES Lebanon plunges into darkness...
                        The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Thursday on the results of the audit of the independent Maricopa County ballot audit ordered by the Arizona Senate. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) found the audit results troubling, leading him to question whether Joe Biden really won the election in Arizona. At the beginning of the hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) asked Biggs who won the presidential election in Arizona. Biggs responded, “We don’t know. There are a lot of issues with this election that took place.” He said the only reason the hearing is being conducted is because the chair, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), wants to see any election integrity legislation scuttled. Biggs talked about how there were so many problems with voting administration in Maricopa County in 2018 that the Maricopa County Supervisors took back as much authority as they could from the Maricopa County Recorder who oversaw those elections, Democrat Adrian Fontes. Biggs reminded the Democrats how many of them — including Raskin — questioned the results of the...
    Maricopa County officials tweeted Friday, 30 minutes into the Arizona Senate hearing on the report of the Forensic Election Audit of the county’s 2020 election results, it “is legal under federal election law” that 23,344 mail-in ballots were voted from a prior address. In its first comment about the issue, the official Maricopa County Twitter account tweeted: CLAIM: 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address. BOTTOM LINE: Cyber Ninjas still don’t understand this is legal under federal election law. To label it a “critical” concern is either intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant. AZ senators should know this too. Maricopa County officials did not offer the details of the federal election law under which the county claimed 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address is legally authorized. The official Maricopa County Twitter account then offered four explanations for 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address that was highlighted as a ballot issue “critical” to the outcome of the 2020 election in the report released on Friday at the hearing in the Arizona State Senate: 1) Military and overseas...
    Republicans' hyper-partisan review of Maricopa County's 2020 election results found that President Joe Biden gained 360 votes, according to a leaked report draft. A draft of the findings from the Republican-led "audit" of Arizona's 2020 election results found, once again, that President Joe Biden won the state, dealing yet another blow to former President Donald Trump and his allies. The official release of the Arizona report marks the end of the state's partisan review of the results, which experts said broke election protocol and was merely an attempt to back up Trump's baseless claims of widespread "voter fraud." The Republican-led investigation found that Biden won Maricopa County by 360 more votes than originally reported, according to a leaked report draft obtained by the Arizona Republic. Republicans planned to release the results of their audit on Friday afternoon. The leaked draft is an embarrassing conclusion to a monthslong saga for Trump and his Republican allies, who hoped the audit would prove that Democrats "stole" the election and would lead to Trump's reinstatement...
                      by Debra Heine  A grassroots canvass of Maricopa County voters in the 2020 election found that over 34 percent of those canvassed said they voted even though the county didn’t have a record of their vote. Liz Harris, the Arizona resident who organized the independent canvass talked to Steve Bannon about her Voter Integrity Project findings on the Wednesday morning edition of the “War Room.” Harris told Bannon that although they were run out of one Democrat neighborhood, the reactions to the effort was overwhelmingly positive. “Nine out of ten people actually thanked us for coming to their door,” she said. Harris said the canvassers talked to people in over 11,000 homes, and got responses from 4,570. “We actually went to the homes of the registered voters, and the results are amazing,” said Harris. Based on the results of the canvass, Harris estimated that were up over 173,000 lost votes and 96,000 “ghost votes” in the election in Maricopa County. “An estimated 173,104 votes are missing or lost, as reported to...
    A woman behind a "grassroots canvass report" into the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona, released her findings Wednesday alleging multiple problems with the contest, which County Recorder Stephen Richer insisted are "easily debunked." The report, authored by former Arizona state legislative candidate and realtor Liz Harris, deems the contest "uncertifiable" and claims to uncover an estimated 173,104 lost votes and 96,389 "ghost votes." Volunteers went "door to door verifying registration and voting information" to establish the findings, reporting data on 4,570 registered voters, the report said. Votes considered "lost" were cast but not counted and have "no record" with the county. The report noted organizers used extrapolation from the 330 registered voters who said they voted but whom the county said did not vote. From this, Harris estimated more than 173,000 people voted but did not count. BRNOVICH: TUCSON’S COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE ‘ILLEGAL,’ THREATENS TO PULL FUNDING The purported ghost votes were mail-in ballots "cast under the names of registered voters who were either unknown to the residents of the registration address or were...
                      by Cole Lauterbach  An active monsoon season has brought relief from the summer heat, but Arizona officials are warning the rains have resulted in a spike of mosquito-borne illnesses. Two residents have died as a result. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is cautioning residents to take preventative measures to deter mosquitoes in announcing the first death attributed to West Nile Virus in 2021. “We all need to do our part to protect ourselves, our family and our neighborhoods from mosquito-borne diseases,” Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director of the Disease Control Division at Maricopa County Department of Public Health, said Thursday in a statement. “With so much rain this summer, we all need to stay mindful of eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed, like pet dishes, potted plants, and even toys.” The department said a resident who died earlier in the week was a man in his 60s who had additional health issues. The county updated its data Friday morning to reflect a second person dying from West Nile...
    An Arizona judge on Wednesday ruled that Cyber Ninjas, the company leading the GOP-backed election audit in Arizona, must preserve all records from their process so they can be released to the public, The Arizona Republic reported. The order was made in a case brought forward by the Republic. There are currently two lawsuits seeking the release of these records, with another brought forward by the American Oversight group which is suing the Arizona State Senate. Cyber Ninjas had argued that records connected to their audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County are not subject to Arizona's Public Records Law which would require them to be disclosed. The Republic is arguing that since the audit is being conducted under the orders of the state Senate the records must be made public. However, the Republic noted that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah did not order Cyber Ninjas to immediately disclose their records as a similar order from a different judge had recently been placed on hold by the Arizona Supreme Court. As such, Hannah ordered that records be preserved until litigation is...
                       
    THE Arizona election audit was delayed in Maricopa County after the firm Cyber Ninjas reported that three staff members have Covid-19. Cyber Ninjas, which is handling the recount of votes from the 2020 election in the state, was expected to hand over findings on Monday, but members of the audit team are reportedly "quite sick." 4The recount in Arizona has been widely slammedCredit: AP 4Donald Trump has continued to claim that the 2020 election was stolen from himCredit: Getty The recount has been widely slammed as former President Donald Trump continues to maintain that the election, which took place nine months ago, was stolen from him due to voter fraud. Now, the timeline for Cyber Ninjas to present any findings has been pushed back indefinitely. "The team expected to have the full draft ready for the Senate today, but unfortunately Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have tested positive for Covid-19 and are quite sick," Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement. Fann said that lawmakers had received...
    The Republican-led Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filed a financial claim Wednesday seeking $2.8 million from the GOP-led Arizona State Senate for the cost of replacing elections equipment compromised during the Republicans’  sham audit. The Notice of Claim sent to Arizona Senate president Karen Fann by Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel explains that Fann signed an agreement indemnifying the county "for losses it might incur as a result of transferring its materials to the Senate." But after the county delivered its election equipment to the Senate, the Senate allowed Cyber Ninjas and other firms to handle, examine, and test it.  "None of these firms were accredited by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission to test or 'audit' elections equipment," Adel wrote. "Because the County’s equipment was compromised while in the Senate’s control, the equipment was rendered unusable not only in Arizona but in every jurisdiction." He continued that election and cybersecurity experts, including those from the Department of Homeland Security, have agreed that "no methods exist" to ensure the integrity of the machines for use in future elections. In other words, Fann, your...
    Two people are confirmed dead and 30 others had to be rescued from their rooftops after heavy monsoon rains sparked major flooding in Maricopa County, Arizona.  The flooding swept away entire homes and cars as it ripped through Gila Bend on Friday night.   Resident Brittany Ortiz captured the aftermath on video, showing the water that moved her mother's home by 12 feet and sunk the family's car and truck.   The monsoon caused major damage across the Valley, with some areas in and around the Maricopa County town of Gila Bend seeing nearly two inches of rain in a 24-hour period, Arizona's Family reports.  MCSO Capt. Joe Dietrich confirmed that a woman in her 50s drowned in the floodwaters.  A second victim died in their vehicle after it was captured by the rushing floodwaters.  Authorities eventually discovered the vehicle upside down, however the department hasn't released any names as of Saturday. MSCO deputies had received a call around 4am Saturday to help with search and rescue efforts in Gila Bend. Dietrich said the department rescued around 30 people who had been stranded on...
                      by Elizabeth Troutman  KORE Power, Inc. announced on July 29 that they are building the first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility owned entirely by a U.S. company in Maricopa County, bringing 3,000 jobs to the Grand Canyon state. The one million square foot KOREPlex manufacturing facility 40 miles west of Phoenix in Buckeye will support up to 12 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of battery cell production. Once operational, the facility will produce enough power capacity for 3.2 million homes each year, the company said. KORE said that they plan to begin construction by the end of the year in hopes of starting production in the second quarter of 2023. In May, the company evaluated three sites in Arizona, Texas, and Florida and announced that they were conducting a “quantitative monetary analysis.” They chose Maricopa County due to its proximity to complementary industries such as e-mobility, solar, semiconductor, and utilities, workforce and logistics capacity, and a pro-business tax and regulatory environment. “We needed a location for our factory that had a track record of supporting energy storage, a...
    KORE Power, Inc. announced on July 29 that they are building the first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility owned entirely by a U.S. company in Maricopa County, bringing 3,000 jobs to the Grand Canyon state. The one million square foot KOREPlex manufacturing facility 40 miles west of Phoenix in Buckeye will support up to 12 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of battery cell production. Once operational, the facility will produce enough power capacity for 3.2 million homes each year, the company said. KORE said that they plan to begin construction by the end of the year in hopes of starting production in the second quarter of 2023. In May, the company evaluated three sites in Arizona, Texas, and Florida and announced that they were conducting a “quantitative monetary analysis.” They chose Maricopa County due to its proximity to complementary industries such as e-mobility, solar, semiconductor, and utilities, workforce and logistics capacity, and a pro-business tax and regulatory environment. “We needed a location for our factory that had a track record of supporting energy storage, a growing clean transportation sector, and...
    The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors sent a defiant letter to the Arizona State Senate on Monday, refusing to cooperate with the state legislative body’s request for additional information about the November 2020 general election in the state’s most populous county. In an antagonistic cover letter, Jack Sellers, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, wrote: It is now August of 2021. The election of November 2020 is over. If you haven’t figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair and accurate yet, I’m not sure you ever will. The reason you haven’t finished your “audit” is because you hired people who have no experience and little understanding of how professional elections are run. The Board has real work to do and little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land. Please finish whatever it is that you are doing and release whatever it is you are going to release. I am confident that our staff and volunteers ran the election as presecribed by federal and state law. There was no fraud, there wasn’t an injection...
    'If you haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will.' The chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has had enough with the Republican-led audit of Arizona's 2020 election results. On Monday, he slammed the effort as an "adventure in never-never land" as he refused to comply with a subpoena for more records. "It is now August of 2021. The election of November 2020 is over. If you haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will," Jack Sellers, a Republican and the chair of the Maricopa County Supervisors, wrote to Republican state senators. The audit, which kicked off in April, has been panned as disorganized and chaotic, and election experts and public officials alike have expressed concern that it has not adhered to election law or procedures. Still, last week, Republicans on the Arizona state Senate subpoenaed even more records as part of...
    Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems have both refused to comply with a subpoena from the GOP-controlled Arizona state Senate demanding that representatives from the county and the company produce materials as part of its audit of the 2020 presidential election. The Arizona Republic reports that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded to the subpoena with a letter stating they have already provided much of what has been asked of them in subpoenas filed at the beginning of this year and late last year. They also stated that some of the materials that have been requested are in the custody of the Recorder's Office, which was not named in the subpoena, according to the Republic. "Specifically, providing these routers puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County citizens — including Social Security numbers and protected health information — at risk," Thomas Liddy, civil division chief for the County Attorney's Office, wrote. "Further, the Maricopa County Sheriff has explained that the production of the routers would render MCSO internal law enforcement communication infrastructure extremely vulnerable to hackers,” Liddy added. The Republic reports that Dominion...
    Groups affiliated with former President Donald Trump raised close to $82 million in the first half of 2021, a surprising sum for a former president. Trump's affiliated political groups, which raised the large sum from 3.2 million contributions between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year, have approximately $102 million cash on hand, Trump's Save America political action committee announced Saturday night. "Bringing the truth about the Rigged and Stolen 2020 election to light is critical to restoring faith in our election process and our country itself. On behalf of the millions of men and women who share my outrage and want me to continue to fight for the truth, I am grateful for your support. And I can't imagine a more important time to elect good Republicans to the House and Senate. Commonsense conservatives were never more badly needed," Trump said in a statement. "We must have people who will stand for our America First Agenda of lower taxes, fewer regulations, support the Second Amendment, strong Borders, honoring our vets, and are very tough on crime. The American...
    Arizona’s election integrity forensic audit of Maricopa County received $5.7 million in private donations since the recount began in April, the auditing firm announced Wednesday. The Republican-led state Senate recount of nearly 2.1 million ballots and ballot tabulating machines originally budgeted $150,000 in taxpayer money. But the Florida firm hired to carry out the audit, Cyber Ninjas, is also permitted to collect donations. “The announcement from Cyber Ninjas came as Arizona Senate President Karen Fann announced Wednesday that the audit has concluded its public efforts — ballots will be returned Thursday to Maricopa County,” the Washington Post reported. Fann also stated the final report of Cyber Ninjas’ audit is expected in August. The election integrity donations come from various sources. In June, former Overstock chief executive Patrick Byrne told the Post “that he had personally donated $500,000 to the Arizona effort and that his group was raising money from others, too.” Another $605,000 was donated by Voices and Votes, a group headed by One America News host Christina Bobb. On July 16, Breitbart News reported President Joe Biden was certified the victor of Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes...
    The firm hired to conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona’s Maricopa County reported raising nearly $6 million in private donations meant to help fund the effort. Cyber Ninjas, a private contracting firm from Florida that is leading the effort, said that it raised $5.7 million, the majority of which came from five groups that backed debunked claims made by former President Donald Trump that the election was stolen. Their announcement was first reported by The Washington Post. Arizona’s Republican-led state Senate also devoted $150,000 in taxpayer money to finance the effort, but most of the controversial firm’s work has been driven by those who believe that the election was stolen. One group headed by One America News host Christina Bobb reportedly gave over $600,000 to the audit. Bobb recently asked viewers to donate to the effort while on air. (RELATED: Giving Voting Machines To Cyber Ninjas Raises ‘Grave’ Security Concerns, Arizona Sec. Of State Says) The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images) Republicans voted to...
    The firm hired to conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential election vote in Arizona’s Maricopa County raised more than $5.7 million in private donations to finance the effort.   Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based private contractor leading the effort, announced on Wednesday that it raked in more than $5.7 million dollars to fund the audit, according to The Washington Post, most of which came from five groups that have backed claims that the election was stolen from former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE. The Arizona state Senate also authorized $150,000 in taxpayer money to be used to finance the effort while also allowing Cyber Ninjas to solicit donations, the Post noted, adding that more than 97 percent of the audit's costs have been financed by people who support the false allegations that the election was stolen. Cyber Ninjas reportedly revealed in a statement that American Project, a company led...
    Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News’ Bret Baier for reporting on Arizona’s 2020 election results and Joe Biden’s subsequent victory in becoming president. “Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election,” Trump complained. “They spew the gross misinformation purposefully put out by the county and the Associated Press, and IGNORE the very important Arizona Senate’s hearing yesterday.” Trump was referring to the widely–mocked effort being undertaken by his supporters to legally dispute the 2020 results from Maricopa County. More specifically, Trump was focusing on a state senate hearing which took place on Thursday. The event ripe with spectacle and dark innuendos about the integrity of the election, though the accusations that emerged from it have been picked apart by election officials and by local media. Trump has pushed several of the misleading claims from the hearing in recent days, and he did so again as he railed against Maricopa County for ratifying their election results. He then turned...
    Arizona’s partisan election audit is muddling along with no end on the horizon as Republicans in the state Senate and Democratic outside groups battle over the process. The glacial pace of the audit – which state Senate Republicans kicked off in December – was put into sharp relief this week with each side complaining that the other had not provided needed documents related to the count. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp shot down a motion from the GOP to dismiss a lawsuit from liberal watchdog group American Oversight seeking documents related to the state Senate’s audit. Attorneys for the Republicans had argued that the information, which is currently in the possession of the private contracting firm Cyber Ninjas, is not obtainable under public disclosure rules. But Kemp rejected that argument Wednesday. "Nothing in the statute absolves Senate defendants' responsibilities to keep and maintain records for authorities supported by public monies by merely retaining a third-party contractor who in turn hires subvendors," the judge wrote.  Kemp’s ruling also dismissed a GOP effort to combine the lawsuit from American Oversight with...
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