There’s Just No “There” There: Arizona “Forensic Audit” Finds Next To Nothing
As expected, the “forensic audit” of the Maricopa County, Arizona 2020 presidential election vote insisted upon by the state’s Republican lawmakers has uncovered exactly nothing that could possibly change the results that the Phoenix-area county reported on Nov. 6, 2020. That is to say, Joe Biden easily defeated Donald Trump.
An analysis by The Associated Press has found that county election officials, working under the direction of the bizarrely-named company Cyber Ninjas – which has no experience in election recounts – have identified a grand total of 182 potential cases of potential voter fraud out of more than three million ballots cast last year. Of that total, only four cases have led to criminal charges. No one yet has been convicted of a crime and not one single person’s vote was counted twice.
The numbers coming in from the state’s most populous county prove the absolute implausibility of the twice-impeached former president’s ongoing false claims that the election was stolen from him. In the certified results of the vote, Biden garnered 10,400 more votes than did Trump out of the 3.4 million that were cast. Even if, somehow, all of the potentially contested votes were shifted into Trump’s column, Biden still emerges victorious.
“The fact of the matter is that election officials across the state are highly invested in helping to ensure the integrity of our elections and the public’s confidence in them,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat. “And part of that entails taking potential voter fraud seriously.”
AP’s review supports statements made by many state and local elections officials – and even some Republican county officials and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey – that Arizona’s presidential election was secure and its results valid.
“This is not a massive issue,” according to Adrian Fontes, a Democrat who oversaw the Maricopa County election office during the 2020 election and lost his re-election bid. “It is a lie that has developed over time. It’s been fed by conspiracy theorists.”