The Republicans in the Arizona legislature waited too long and did too little when they had the chance to clean up their state’s elections after 2020 (and 2022, come to think of it). Unless President Donald Trump wins Arizona beyond the margin of cheating in 2024, the state’s electoral college votes will likely be stolen from him again.
Some of the methods the Democrats use to cheat could be remedied before the election, however. America First Legal has filed a landmark lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials, in hopes of forcing the county to make major changes.
There’s no question that Maricopa County has been corrupt in how it handled the 2020 election and the 2022 midterms. America First Legal is suing on behalf of the Strong Communities Foundation of Arizona.
Here are the methods of fraud and maladministration that the suit hopes to remedy in time for the November 5th election:
Arizona law requires that a chain of custody be maintained for ballots. Maricopa County election officials ignore this law. In 2022 alone, it resulted in a 25,000-vote discrepancy—more than twice the margin of Katie Hobbs’s fake “victory” over Kari Lake.
Arizona law also requires that every voter who checks in must be reconciled with a printed ballot. If you have a ballot that’s been cast, but can’t reconcile it to a voter, that’s fraud. Maricopa County completely ignores this legal requirement, according to the lawsuit.
Maricopa County has replaced election day precinct centers with something called “voting centers.” These centers are poorly run by clueless, untrained volunteers and were the source of huge controversy in the 2022 midterms. More than half of the voting centers had problems with their ballot-on-demand printers. In many cases, they printed 19-inch ballots on 20-inch paper. Other printers were set to print on the “Eco” setting which didn’t use enough ink. Both of those problems led to ballots that could not be read, thus disenfranchising thousands of voters.
The lawsuit also argues that Maricopa County has distributed the voting centers in a racially discriminatory manner. They are inconveniently located for the county’s white and Native American voters, who are more likely to vote on election day.
Arizona law states that “The county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall compare the signatures [on early ballots] with the signature of the elector on the elector’s registration record.”
This means that human beings, under the law, are supposed to be doing signature verification on early ballots. Maricopa County used an AI computer program to run signature verification in 2022 and has renewed the contract to use AI instead of humans again in 2024. (As much as people distrust voting machines now, wait until more states start pushing to have AI run everything.)
Starting in 2020, Maricopa County began canceling the valid registrations of thousands of voters, according to the lawsuit. The voters are not notified when this happens. In 2022, thousands of people showed up at voting centers only to be informed that they were not registered in Maricopa County, despite the fact that they had not moved and had not requested a cancellation. This resulted in 8,000 lawfully registered people having to cast provisional ballots. The Secretary of State’s office has never counted those 8,000 ballots and the courts have thus far not required the county to count them. Just as a reminder, Abe Hamadeh lost the race for Arizona Attorney General by 280 votes.
Under Arizona law, ballot drop boxes are required to be staffed by at least two election officials who are close enough to the boxes to see the people depositing ballots in them. It’s a felony under Arizona law to have an unwatched ballot box. Which is exactly what Maricopa County does. The drop boxes in the county are completely unstaffed and unsupervised, which opens them up to ballot harvesting.
There’s more, but you get the point. Maricopa County now runs some of the most corrupt and untrustworthy elections in the country. They’re like the Broward County of Arizona. (Sorry, Florida. We know you’ve cleaned elections up there a lot in the past few years.) This is the Hail Mary pass in Arizona ahead of the 2024 election. If this lawsuit fails, we’re probably going to have to accept the fact that Arizona has permanently entrenched voter fraud.