Arizona closes book on most outstanding 2020 voter fraud cases, no criminal charges filed

According to a news release from the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Arizona closes the book on most outstanding cases of voter fraud since 2020, with no criminal charges filed.

According to the news release, the Pima County Attorney’s office reviewed 151 cases of county voters allegedly casting multiple ballots during the 2020 general election.

Pima County Attorney Laura Conover said in the news release that despite occasions where voters intentionally cast more than one ballot, “there is no evidence that they acted with the awareness that their actions resulted in multiple vote counts.” may or may not be.” The release also said that additional ballots cast were not counted.

“Our investigation revealed that there was genuine confusion about the electoral process, particularly relating to mail-in and provisional ballots, and genuine fear, for various reasons, that their initial vote would not be counted,” Conover said.

“Thus, without fraudulent intent, there is no substantial likelihood of any voter investigated in these incidents being convicted,” the news release said.

The news release said the cases were first reported in December 2020 by the then Pima country recorder F. Ann Rodriguez was investigated. According to the news release, the Attorney’s Office Election Law Unit reviewed the cases after the general election, then referred it to the Attorney’s Office Fraud Unit for further investigation.

The news release said the fraud unit selected 51 cases for a “more thorough review.” After completing its investigation, the fraud unit decided not to prosecute any individuals, the news release said.

“I am proud of the dedicated and painstaking work done by the many different units in our office, from our detectives to the election and fraud units,” Conover said in the news release. “Indeed, they were protecting the heart of democracy and reaffirming that the Southern Arizona vote was free of interference. I can’t think of a more great job.”

The Pima County voter fraud cases were first investigated in December 2020 by then-Pima County Recorder FN Rodriguez, the news release said. In this photo, an “I voted” sticker is placed on Eddie Slade’s shirt at the Burton Bar Central Library on November 3, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Associated Press reported that more than 2/3 of all cases of potential voter fraud in Arizona are being reviewed, the announcement that it is.

As of last week, the AP investigation had discovered less than 200 cases of possible fraud in Arizona. However, Maricopa County, reviewing 2.1 million ballots, found another 38 possible voter fraud cases. The cases have been referred to the state attorney general’s office for review and possible prosecution.

The total number of possible voter fraud cases was 230 of the 3.4 million ballots cast across the state, or about 0.00007 percent of votes cast, AP Reported. This includes 151 closed cases in Pima County.

In July, deputy recorder Pamela Franklin told the AP that there were an unusually high number of people in Pima County who intentionally voted twice. Franklin told the AP that people generally vote early in person and then vote again by mail. About 80 percent of voters vote by mail, so it’s not unusual for someone to forget that they changed their mail-in ballot and asked for a replacement or attempted to vote in person, she said. AP, However, this pattern was new.

A proposal to ban cities, towns and school boards from having all mail-in ballot elections in Arizona was moved on January 11. Arizona family, Republican State Sen. Wendy Rogers, who is a supporter of former President Donald Trump, proposed the ban.

However, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richter said he sees no reason to amend state law to give local governments the option to choose how they run elections, the Arizona family reported.

According to the Arizona family, Richer said Tuesday, “My perspective on election law is generally that it should identify and solve real problems, not just the general, vague concerns we have.” And I’m unaware of any such real problem.”