Arizona Republicans File Federal Lawsuit Alleging Election Tainted By Statewide Fraud And Illegality

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The 11 Republicans who hope to cast Arizona’s electoral votes for President Donald Trump later this month asked a federal judge on Wednesday to freeze the state’s election process based on their belief that voting irregularities in various counties, including election software used in Maricopa County they contend was “certainly compromised by rogue actors, such as Iran and China.”

To date, a handful of legal challenges to the general election have focused on alleged fraud or misconduct in Maricopa County. However, the federal lawsuit contends Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, along with Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, both Republicans, certified the canvassing results of all 15 of Arizona’s counties on Nov. 30 without recognizing “the votes are steeped in fraud.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently slated to received Arizona’s 11 elector votes when the 538 electors of the U.S. Electoral College meet Dec. 14 in their respective states.

The Republican Electors -including state chair Kelli Ward, Cochise County Republican Chair Robert Montgomery, and Rep. Anthony Kern (LD20)- allege the statewide election was “so tainted by fraud and illegality” that the public would be irreparably harmed if Ducey is allowed to transmit the official Certificate of Ascertainment of the Nov. 3 certified election results to the Electoral College until the lawsuit is resolved.

“Hundreds of thousands of votes counted toward Mr. Biden’s final tally were the product of fraudulent, illegal, ineligible and outright fictitious ballots,” the motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction states “Plaintiffs demonstrate through statistical analysis of voting results and technical analysis of voting machines and software that each of several distinct categories of voting fraud or batches of fraudulent ballots were larger than Biden’s 10,457 margin.”

The Plaintiffs seek a court order enjoining Ducey from taking any action to forward Arizona’s results to the Elector College, which meets Dec. 14. They also want the seizure of “all servers, software, voting machines, tabulators, printers, portable media, logs, ballot applications, ballot return envelopes, ballot images, paper ballots, and all election materials” from the recent election so the materials can be subjected to forensic audit and inspection.

“Through detailed fact and expert testimony including documentary evidence contained in the Complaint and its exhibits, Plaintiffs have made a compelling showing that Defendants’ intentional actions jeopardized the rights of Arizona citizens to select their leaders under the process set out by the Arizona Legislature through the commission of election frauds that violated state laws and the Equal Protection Clause in the United States Constitution,” the Republican Electors allege.

Among that voter fraud, according to the lawsuit, is 86,845 Mail-In Ballots which “were lost” and 219,135 Mail-In Ballots which were “fraudulently recorded for voters who never requested Mail-In Ballots.” Those statistics were extrapolated from phone surveys, the lawsuit notes.

As to Maricopa County’s use of a Dominion Corporation voting system, the lawsuit references “documented, and intentional, security flaws” with the company’s products, which the Republican Electors allege “facilitated foreign interference in the 2020 General Election.”

“For example, in the accompanying redacted declaration of a former electronic intelligence analyst with 305th Military Intelligence with experience gathering SAM missile system electronic intelligence, the Dominion software was accessed by agents acting on behalf of China and Iran in order to monitor and manipulate elections, including the most recent US general election in 2020,” they allege.

The lawsuit does not describe any specific unauthorized access to the specific Dominion Democracy Suites 5.5-B voting system used by Maricopa County.