PHOENIX (AP) — A overview of potential voter fraud circumstances within the 2020 basic election in Arizona’s second-largest county ended Friday with an announcement by prosecutors that not one of the 151 circumstances they reviewed merited prison charges.
The findings in Pima County present one more official rebuttal of former President Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud led to his loss in Arizona and different battleground states.
The announcement by the Pima County Attorney’s Office closes the e-book on greater than 2/3 of all of the circumstances of potential voter fraud that had been being reviewed by election officers and prosecutors throughout Arizona.
Pima County Attorney Laura Conover stated that whereas prosecutors discovered circumstances the place voters knowingly submitted multiple poll, “there is little to no evidence that they acted with the awareness that their actions would or could result in multiple votes being counted.
“What our investigation revealed was the genuine confusion about the electoral process, particularly relating to mail-in and provisional ballots, and the genuine fear, for a variety of reasons, that their initial vote would not count” Conover said in a statement.
No voter had more than one ballot counted, Conover said.
An Associated Press investigation found fewer than 200 cases of potential fraud in Arizona had been identified until last week, when elections officials in the state’s most populous county, Maricopa, said they had discovered 38 potential voting fraud cases during an exhaustive review of 2.1 million ballots. Those cases were sent to the state attorney general’s office for review and possible prosecution.
Those include five voters identified as having voted in more than one county, and six people may 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 were referred to the state attorney general for more investigation and possible prosecution.
The AP review has now found that across Arizona’s 15 counties, the total number of potential voter fraud cases from the 2020 presidential election, including Pima County’s 151 now-closed cases, sat at 230 out of 3.4 million ballots solid statewide. Maricopa County county is reviewing one other 100 circumstances involving individuals who died near the election however nonetheless solid ballots.
Only 10 Arizona circumstances have thus far led to prison charges.
An Associated Press overview of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by Trump has discovered fewer than 475 — a quantity that may have made no distinction within the 2020 presidential election. The overview was accomplished earlier than Maricopa County discovered its 38 new circumstances.
Democrat Joe Biden received Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and their 79 Electoral College votes by a mixed 311,257 votes out of 25.5 million ballots solid for president. The disputed ballots signify simply 0.15% of his victory margin in these states.
The circumstances couldn’t throw the result into query even when all the doubtless fraudulent votes had been for Biden, which they weren’t, and even when these ballots had been truly counted, which normally they weren’t.
Pima County, dwelling to 1.1 million residents and the town of Tucson, recognized by far essentially the most circumstances of potential voter fraud than some other Arizona county. That’s as a result of the Pima County Recorder’s Office has a follow of referring all circumstances with even a touch of potential fraud to prosecutors for overview, in contrast to the state’s 14 different county recorders.
Pima County officers forwarded 151 circumstances to prosecutors out of barely greater than 520,000 ballots solid for president. They didn’t refer 25 others from voters over age 70 as a result of there was a higher likelihood these errors — sometimes makes an attempt to vote twice — had been the results of reminiscence lapses or confusion, not prison intent, an election official stated.
Deputy recorder Pamela Franklin instructed the AP in July that the county noticed an unusually excessive quantity of people that appeared to have deliberately voted twice, typically by voting early in individual after which once more by mail. In Arizona, the place practically 80% of voters solid ballots by mail, it’s common for somebody to overlook they returned their mail-in poll after which later ask for a alternative or attempt to vote in individual, she stated. But this sample was new.
Franklin famous a number of components at play, together with worries about U.S. Postal Service delays. In addition, Trump at one level inspired voters who solid their ballots early by mail to point out up at their polling locations on Election Day and vote once more if ballot staff couldn’t affirm their mail ballots had been obtained.
Friday’s announcement from the county’s elected prosecutor stated the circumstances had been reviewed by her election legislation and fraud models. About a 3rd of the 151 circumstances had been chosen for intensive investigation. They concerned 23 Republican voters, 15 Democrats and 13 with no celebration choice.
Prosecutors had been attempting to find out if the voters who solid multiple poll did so knowingly and dedicated a felony. But prosecutors discovered no circumstances the place voters meant to have each ballots counted.
“Thus, without fraudulent intent, there is no substantial likelihood of conviction of any of the voters investigated in these incidents,” Conover’s assertion stated.