Following a dismissal at the lower court level, the Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear the election challenge by Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward regarding mail-in ballots in Maricopa County. 1.9 million Arizona absentee ballots came in across the state, with many concerns regarding voter irregularities.
The case follows a GOP lawsuit to audit a sample of 100 ballots to determine voter fraud. The sampling showed three percent of the ballots were fraudulent in favor of Joe Biden. And don’t forget, Fox News decided to call Arizona for Biden when the state’s voters were still standing in line.
This early media sway in Arizona helped to shield a potentially massive backfill of votes for Biden. Arizona’s Republicans have now also called for a decertification of the state’s election results.
President Trump tweeted the news, stating: “In Arizona, it turns out that 3% of the votes cast in the 100 count vote sampling were tainted or worse. This would be, if carried forward, approximately 90,000 votes more than we would need to win the State. Now we were granted a much larger sample to work with. Wow!”
In Arizona, it turns out that 3% of the votes cast in the 100 count vote sampling were tainted or worse. This would be, if carried forward, approximately 90,000 votes more than we would need to win the State. Now we were granted a much larger sample to work with. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
According to Arizona radio station KTAR, a court-ordered sampling of another 1,626 ballots found Trump lost seven votes. These errors are alleged to problems with “ballot processing.”
The Arizona GOP is now asking to review 28,000 duplicated ballots in Maricopa County, with claims of over 100,000 affected ballots statewide. With Biden’s current lead at just over 10,000 votes, any significant changes from these legal proceeding have the potential to flip the state’s eleven electoral votes in favor of Donald Trump.
Keep in mind, Maricopa County is not the only county under consideration. Arizona’s Republican legislators have also noted voter irregularities in Pima County (Tucson) and Coconino Country (northern Arizona) that were won by Biden.
A December 4 Arizona State Legislature press release notes, “A significant number of votes believe that fraud occurred and with the number of irregularities it is easy to understand why.” House Majority Leader Warren Peterson added, “It is imperative that the County immediately do a forensic audit on the Dominion software and equipment to make sure the results were accurate.”
Despite at least six failed lawsuits in Arizona to date, Republicans continue to pursue legal pathways to challenge the state’s electoral votes. Despite the state’s Safe Harbor date of November 30, legal proceedings have instead argued the state has until December 14 when electors cast their votes to challenge the state’s election results.
In addition to the pending hearing, attorney Sidney Powell has a separate lawsuit alleging Dominion software flipped approximately 412,000 votes in Arizona. Her case is expected to receive a hearing this week.
Similar legal proceeding has been filed or continue in other battleground states. In Michigan, Powell claims Dominion software changed over 280,000 votes statewide. An audit of 22 voting machines in Antrim County is currently under forensic analysis.
Despite ongoing media claims of Joe Biden as president-elect, the nation’s Electoral College has yet to certify results. With the many allegations surrounding battleground states and software manipulation in the 2020 election, legal proceedings may continue to prolong certification as Trump’s legal team pursues all options in their effort to #stopthesteal and find a legal pathway for a second Trump term.