A Maricopa County Superior Courtroom choose denied Friday a Republican-backed request to nullify Arizona’s election outcomes and grant President Donald Trump, who misplaced within the official vote rely, the state’s 11 electoral school votes.
President-elect Joe Biden gained the election in Arizona about 10,500 votes.
Decide Randall Warner mentioned there’s neither proof of fraud, misconduct, an faulty vote rely nor unlawful votes within the 2020 election ends in Maricopa County.
“The Plaintiff in an election contest has a excessive burden of proof and the actions of election officers are presumed to be free from fraud and misconduct,” Warner wrote. “The Courtroom finds no misconduct, no fraud, and no impact on the result of the election.”
The lawsuit was filed Monday state GOP chair Kelli Ward in opposition to the state’s Biden electors. She alleged that Maricopa County election employees might have improperly verified signatures used to to substantiate the identities of people that vote early poll and that they switched Trump votes to Biden votes on duplicates of ballots that have been unreadable the county’s tabulation machines. Ward additionally claimed official observers couldn’t get shut sufficient to supervise the work of county employees through the signature verification course of, however that declare was dismissed Thursday.
In Friday’s findings, Warner defined that Ward needed to show any “misconduct rose to the extent of fraud, or that the consequence would have been completely different had correct procedures been used.”
Earlier within the week, the choose allowed for 100 ballots to be reviewed attorneys and forensic doc examiners, and Maricopa County voluntarily offered one other 1,526 ballots for assessment. Solely 9 had an error, Warner wrote.
“The duplication course of for the presidential election was 99.45% correct,” he mentioned. “And there’s no proof that the inaccuracies have been intentional or a part of a fraudulent scheme. They have been errors. And given each the small variety of duplicate ballots and the low error charge, the proof doesn’t present any affect on the result.”
Warner issued his findings after two days of evidentiary hearings.
On Twitter, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, who is just not named within the lawsuit however intervened within the case, mentioned it’s “time to cease” allegations that the 2020 election was inaccurate and fraudulent.
“Info matter in a court docket of regulation, & the information stay that this historic election had great turnout and was each safe and correct,” she mentioned.
The Arizona Republican Get together replied to Hobbs’ tweet, “See you on the Supreme Courtroom.” Hobbs promptly answered, “Can’t wait.”
See you on the Supreme Courtroom. https://t.co/DgcTP3vTfz
— Arizona Republican Get together (@AZGOP) December 5, 2020
Warner, the choose, mentioned in his findings that an “fast enchantment to the Arizona Supreme Courtroom” is permitted.
Jack Wilenchik, Ward’s legal professional, mentioned the errors discovered within the processing of ballots are “critical” and wish additional investigation. His staff has filed a discover of enchantment, he mentioned.
Jeremy Duda contributed to this report.