The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AAGO) Wednesday released several documents relating to investigations over alleged voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. The three reports, compiled in 2022, were held from public view by the previous republican-led state administration.
Key allegations regarding voter fraud detrimental to former president Donald Trump are rejected by the investigations. Primary among the allegations were issues relating to mailed election ballots. Complaining parties advanced theories of signature fraud, processing of 17,126 duplicate ballots and ballots submitted in the name of 282 deceased persons. The reports find no substantial errors in signature verification. Re-scans of official ballots for state records, not included in the voter tallies, accounted for most potential duplicates. Furthermore, state election officials followed proper protocol to sequester and eliminate suspect ballots from official counts. This included one case of a ballot submitted for a possible deceased person. As a result, only, “a small number of cases were submitted for prosecution review due to these investigations, these numbers align with historical trends. They do not indicate widespread fraud or conspiracy.”
Another allegation outright rejected is the 90 percent spike in voter turnout in Pima County. The true increase amounted to 8.5 percent. This increase was largely attributable to the “contentious” nature of the election and efforts to register Hispanic voters. Additionally, allegations regarding failure to follow basic cybersecurity procedures, turn over requested information and claims of missing data are also rejected by the reports as unfounded or indeterminable in nature.
It is not clear why the reports were not released until now. The allegations surrounding mailed ballots led to more measures being passed in 2021. Additionally, a recent mid-term governor’s election in the state was marred by many of the same voter fraud allegations.