Arizona GOP President Kelli Ward pushes for election audits in each of the state’s 15 counties
Arizona Republican Party President Kelli Ward is calling for election audits in all counties across the state, even after a Maricopa County audit confirmed the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Some Republicans have insisted that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election due to widespread electoral fraud in battlefield states like Arizona, although no substantial evidence has been found. been presented to substantiate these claims. Audits have also been requested in several other states for such unproven claims.
In a new video titled “Special Update,” Ward says an analysis of election results in Pima County found inconsistencies. Pima is the second largest county in the state and is home to Tucson, a Democratic stronghold.
Ward said there should be an audit of not just Pima County, but every county in the state.
âI have requested full audits of Arizona’s 15 counties,â she said. “We the people will not back down. We will not hesitate.”
The push for more audits comes days after Trump also called for a review in Pima County. In a statement issued on Oct. 15, the former president claimed that an analysis of the postal ballots indicated that there were “dummy votes” cast in the county.
He said either a new election should take place or the election results should be overturned and the Republican candidate declared the winner.
The fraud allegations were dismissed by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who said the county held a “free, fair, safe and accurate election.”
âThe results were publicly audited by manual counting by the county Republican and Democratic parties, and the results were certified by the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey,â Huckelberry said.
Republicans were successful in securing an audit in the state’s largest county, Maricopa County. However, the review found that Biden won by an even larger margin than the initial vote count. He found no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. Yet Trump falsely claimed that the audit found he won the county.
The audit was widely condemned and mocked by election experts and many Republican leaders in Maricopa County. An electoral expert, Larry Moore, criticized the Cyber ââNinjas, the group that conducted the review, as having “no experience in electoral audits”.
“Having no experience in electoral audits, the Ninjas’ announcement that they had confirmed, with a high degree of accuracy, the election results of the second largest county in the country is, in our opinion, laughable,” he said. he wrote.
Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996. Long considered a GOP state, Arizona gave Biden 49.36% of the vote, compared with 49.06% for Trump. . The growth of Phoenix, Arizona’s capital, and Biden’s strength in the suburban areas propelled him to victory in the left-leaning state.
Republicans have called for audits in other states Biden has tightly controlled, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and even states Trump won, such as Texas and Florida.
News week contacted the Arizona Republican and Democratic parties for comment Sunday afternoon, but had not received a response by post. This story will be updated with any response.