In the last legislative session, Arizona Republicans had been prolific in drafting bills that would affect elections in the state, introducing 57 bills in total, 32 of which would have added new restrictions on voting or altered the balance of power in election administration, according to the Voting Rights Lab, a liberal-leaning voting rights group. Seven of these bills became law.
The report makes other legislative suggestions that would add more restrictions on voting. They include several ways to further purge voters from the registration lists, including if the entries do not correspond to a “direct match” with a government-issued ID. Voting rights groups note that strict direct correspondence provisions can lead to legal voters being mistakenly removed from the lists.
Repeated allusions to common electoral conspiracy theories that have spread among right-wing news sites and social media since the election further undermine the report’s findings.
The report takes an in-depth look at the bleeding markers on the ballot papers, which was behind a conspiracy known as #Sharpiegate which claimed that ballots marked with a felt-tip pen could not be read by machines in Arizona, and has been completely debunked. It also raises the prospect of creating and sending out fraudulent ballots, akin to a false claim by Mr. Trump that foreign countries flood the 2020 election with fake ballots.
Reputable election experts have said for months that the Senate review would be wrong if it concludes that Mr. Trump won the Maricopa County vote. In fact, the explanation for Mr. Trump’s loss was available in the public records of individual ballots cast in November, White said.
Mr White joined two retired executives from Clear Ballot Group, an election consulting firm, last month in a point-to-point report explaining what really happened in November.
Their analysis of the picks on each ballot showed Mr. Trump lost Arizona because 74,822 Republicans, including 59,800 in Maricopa County, were unhappy enough with the former ruling president’s performance to decide. not to vote for him. About two-thirds of those voters voted for Mr Biden, according to the analysis, and the remaining third either voted for another candidate, such as the Libertarian Party candidate, or did not vote for the president.