By Bob Christie, The Associated Press
Phoenix (AP) – Selected Leader ArizonaFriday has the most populous county certified election results, showing that Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential race and set the stage for state leaders to certify results once a week after holdout counties.
The five-member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors failed to stop the usual routine action of verifying the election results after the election of lawsuits backed by the Republican Party and others supported by President Donald Trump. One Democrat and four Republicans are on the Phoenix-based board who voted unanimously to accept the election results.
The protesters marched outside the board’s chamber, urging members not to approve the canvases, but Republican chairman Clint Hickman said there were no questions about the accuracy of the count and no legalities to certify it The reason is not.
“Some free candidates lose in elections for a free democracy,” Hickman said, “I was disappointed in the result of a doubles race and I was very happy with the results in others. But I’m not going to violate the law Or being distracted by my own moral compass because something has inspired me to do it. “
The Arizona Republican Party asked a court to order an audit of a larger sample of ballots, stating that there were questions about the count, but a judge in Phoenix rejected that effort Thursday.
As action by the Maricopa County Board the state is pressuring statewide GOP county officials to delay certifying their election results, Republican-heavy Moewee County key officials pressured to postpone their certification until Monday is. This is the time limit for them to act, unless there are outstanding votes that have not been counted. that is not the case; All 15 Arizona counties had reached their height by the end of last week.
Board members heard extensive reports from county election officials who said the counting of votes was correct and noted that a review of all tests and hand counts showed that the electronic ballot count was 100% accurate. Those tests are carried out with the help of Democrats and Republicans.
Referring to Maricopa County’s election director and emergency voting three elections this year, Scott Jarrett said, “In all those instances, political parties found themselves zero convergence in all three elections.” “It is determined by the political parties themselves that this system is accurate.”
About 70 Trump supporters gathered outside the venue where observers were meeting. Various speakers slammed the board, saying that any certification would be an act of “treason”. He also dismissed previous allegations such as votes were cast in the names of hundreds of dead people. Many said that an independent, forensic audit of ballots and voting machines made them feel comfortable accepting the election result.
“The point is that voter fraud is not. The issue is whether there is a possibility of voter fraud, “said Stephanie O’Brien, 56,” if there is, it snatches people’s trust. My biggest issue is that I am not convinced about it.
Several lawsuits had been filed since Election Day, and the remaining challenge was dismissed as the board was meeting, although that would not have changed the outcome, which marked the first time since 1996 a Democratic presidential nominee. Seen to conquer the kingdom. It alleged that some voters’ ballots could not be tabulated at county-run election sites, but it could affect only a handful of possible votes.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahaney announced her plans shortly after the lawyers argued during the hearing, although they did not elaborate their reasons for litigating the case.
The lawsuit asked a court to tell a person, who accused a tabulated person, of rejecting his ballot to retrieve his vote. Lawyers defending Maricopa County said there was no evidence of the votes of the two people who filed the lawsuit.
During the hearing, lawyers who filed the case tried to accept a ballot picture drawn inside a polling place as evidence, but later supported the effort when it was explained that 75 feet of the polling place Photographing within is a crime. Those attorneys also faced criticism when they unsuccessfully tried to corroborate evidence from an expert’s report about a table created by the same vendor used by Maricopa County, but the expert’s use by Maricopa County Did not check the model made.
Biden won by more than 45,000 votes in the county, and won Trump with a margin of more than 10,000 votes. The victory came as Democrats pushed for an all-out thrust to turn Arizona after decades of Republican leanings.
Democrats raised their hopes on Arizona’s changing demographics and voters, who split their tickets two years ago to elect a Republican governor and send Democrats to the US Senate. Her fate has increased due to the state’s growing Latino population, the influx of new voters and the uneasiness against Trump among turban women.
Trump and his allies battled to hold on to Arizona, which the president won in 2016 by 3.5 percentage points.
The state plans to conduct its statewide election campaign on 30 November.
Associated Press reporters Terry Tang and Jacques Billuid contributed.
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