Arizona secretary of state responds to AG’s request for ‘any and all records’ related to potential election fraud

A request from Arizona’s state attorney general for “any and all records” pertaining to “potential violations of Arizona’s election laws” in November 2020 has finally been answered.

According to the Washington Examiner, the office of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) has turned over a report to Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) that outlines what State Elections Director Sambo Dul is calling “a number of troubling communications from Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and others that were directed at members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.”

In a letter to Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright, who serves as head of the Attorney General Office’s Election Integrity Unit, Dul said the communications “appear to evidence a violation of” Arizona election laws.

The details

Dul’s letter also outlined a second potential violation with regard to “a campaign finance complaint regarding State Representative Mark Finchem and the Make Arizona Precincts Sound (MAPS) committee.”

“In short,” Dul wrote, “the complaint relates to Mr. Finchem’s efforts to allegedly pay off his debts related to the ‘hearing’ on election fraud that was held at the Downtown Phoenix Hyatt on November 30, 2020.”

Dul asserted that Finchem’s acceptance of “crowdfunded contributions” to pay for the hearing raised questions about “transparency surrounding the source of funding” and “demands additional investigation.”

According to the Examiner, Dul also said that the secretary of state’s office is still waiting for a report that will detail other potential cases of election fraud, including instances wherein voters cast their ballots twice, among other possibilities. Wright had sought such information in her initial correspondence to the secretary of state’s office.

In the letter, Dul vowed to “refer any appropriate cases to the Attorney General’s Office for investigation and prosecution,” if it becomes available.

The bottom line

For what it’s worth, a review of county elections records by the Associated Press found only 182 cases of potential election fraud that were referred for further investigation.

Only four of those have resulted in criminal charges, the AP said. Two involved Democrats, while two involved Republicans.

“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,” Hobbs said of the findings, according to the AP. “And part of that entails taking potential voter fraud seriously.”

One can only hope the secretary is willing to turn her promising words into action.

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