PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer stated regardless of allegations of tampering, all the legally voted ballots from the November 2020 election are protected within the vault on the Elections Division.
In response to an announcement Richer’s workplace put out Tuesday, two folks visited the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Middle throughout common enterprise hours on Friday “to ask for voter registration kinds and to take photos from the surface.” A type of folks, together with two others, was recorded on surveillance video attempting to interrupt into the warehouse on Saturday. Richer stated they didn’t get into the warehouse, however they did climb into the bin outdoors the constructing and eliminated some trash.
“I wish to be very clear: I can say with 100% certainty that the two.1 million legally voted ballots from the November Basic Election are protected and accounted for within the Elections Division vault, underneath 24/7 surveillance,” Richer stated.
He went on to say that the tabulated ballots within the vault haven’t been unsealed or shredded, explaining that they “have been held securely and the chain of custody has no means been damaged.”
Richer stated he has not seen what was within the yellow baggage proven in a March 6 Fb put up Staci Burk claiming ballots had been shredded. Burk, a Pinal County lady who was not registered to vote within the 2020 presidential election, had filed a lawsuit contesting the result of the outcomes. She claimed there have been safety flaws that allowed election staff to govern the ends in President Joe Biden’s favor. Regardless of ongoing claims of voter and election fraud, no proof has been discovered. Burk’s case was thrown out for 2 causes. First, she was not a registered voter. Second, courtroom data point out she filed her swimsuit after the deadline for such motion had handed.
Richer stated his workplace does shred non-classified paperwork and destroys ballots of deceased voters, however not tabulated ballots from latest elections. State regulation requires that ballots be securely saved for 2 years after an election is canvassed and licensed. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors did that for the 2020 election on Nov. 20. Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs licensed the statewide outcomes on Nov. 30.
Burk’s Fb put up alleging shredded ballots got here on the heels of two audits of Maricopa County’s voting gear and election course of. These audits confirmed no issues with the gear.
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