The election committee of the Arizona Senate held a hearing on Monday featuring the results of an investigation into Maricopa County’s 2022 midterm election conducted by the election integrity group We the People AZ (WPAZ). Commissioned by outgoing Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott), the group submitted public records requests to Maricopa County Elections Department to obtain the data. The leader of WPAZ, Shelby Busch, testified to the committee chaired by State Senator Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) that 464,926 ballots fed into tabulators on Election Day in Maricopa County, 217,305 were rejected, which is nearly a 50 percent failure rate.
Busch told the legislators it was a “complete systemic failure” of signature verification and urged “legislative intervention.” She warned that the system is “vulnerable to fraud.”
Dr. Walter Daugherity, a math professor at Texas A&M University, testified that he was 99.999 percent confident that there were 290,644 bad signatures accepted in the election.
Of the verified signatures, 47,366 failed to meet the basic Arizona Secretary of State standards, the group found. Busch showed how they failed multiple points of the 12 points of signature verification. A full 10 percent “egregiously” failed signature verification.
Busch said every single one of the 446 tabulators in Maricopa County failed the allowable error standard allowed by the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC). The EAC allows for only a misfeed rate of .002 percent, or one out of every 500. Some had a failure rate as high as 95 percent.
Busch said they found 1,870 ballots that were illegally cured. She provided examples showing ballots with no signature, no phone number, and other discrepancies.
Some ballots were illegally cured after the deadline, Busch said. While there is a curing period of five days for most ballots, if there is no signature on the envelope, the curing period is 7 p.m. on Election Day. She could tell from the metadata that ballots were cured after the deadline.
Many ballots had names signed that were different than the voters’ names, yet workers placed labels over them, “altering the ballot affidavit to match the voter registration,” Busch said.
“I saw this in magnitude,” she emphasized, stating they found at least 542. She said no attempt was even made to cure these ballots.
Busch found duplicate voters — where more than one vote was cast and counted for a single voter. She found 36,034 votes cast with unreasonably mismatched signatures or the wrong voter. There were illegible or unusable reference signatures in the voter registration file, such as microscopic signatures or none.
She found over a thousand voter registration files that were changed to update the signature to match the original signature on file. Several hundred of these changes occurred the day after Election Day. These appeared to be the work of progressive nonprofit organizations. She thought it was strange that there were no other changes made to the voter registration files except updating their signatures.
Another problem the group found was issues with ballots that required assistance from the Special Elections Board, a group of workers assigned to help voters fill out their ballots. The group found 2,104 problems, such as not being signed and dated by the witness or no phone number.
She also addressed the scant amount of time workers had to verify signatures. She said they averaged only eight seconds per signature, whereas it takes 30 to 45 seconds to adequately check a signature. This was addressed in both State Senator Sonny Borrelli’s (R-Lake Havasu) election contest lawsuit and Ryan Heath’s lawsuit suing the judge who dismissed Kari Lake’s lawsuit.
Busch reviewed the declarations from signature verification workers who testified that 20 to 30 percent of signatures needed curing but were never cured; they said they believed a supervisor just accepted them. Lake included these in her election contest lawsuit.
The group also analyzed data from the 2020 presidential election and found that 420,987 signatures on ballot envelopes failed signature verification procedures. Busch stated that the problem was never fixed before the 2022 election.
Judges around the country have often ordered new elections where there were far smaller discrepancies in elections. In 2019, a judge ordered a new election for a Georgia House seat based on merely finding that four voters were ineligible. In addition to Lake’s lawsuit, which is scheduled for oral arguments at the Arizona Court of Appeals on February 1, Abe Hamadeh is challenging the results of the Arizona Attorney General’s race, and Mark Finchem is challenging the results of the Arizona Secretary of State’s race.
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Rachel Alexander is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Rachel on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
There is NO DOUBT that the last presidential election was STOLEN by the disgusting and dishonest Democrat Political Party. I only hope as an American citizen that the people who are supposed to monitor this DO THEIR JOB.
Outrageous!!! We’ve got treason at a grassroots level! I’ve never seen so much voter fraud. IT’s satanic & communist. God help us! We need to pray for the survival of America 👍🙏🇺🇸
This whole ordeal is shameful and requires a new election.Nothing less is acceptable.We are tired of our votes being stolen and AZ being stolen from the people. These people were not voted in and our voices were silenced.
Someone with some power needs to stand up and protect the real voters (who they are supposed to be working for. It is so ridicules watching how brazenly open they are while giving the people the shaft, and even more ridicules is how the people are allowing them to steal their rights without a fight!
“Someone with some power”…needs to stand up and protect the voters….!
Since you are a citizen of these United States … you are one with
some power…fore it is said that the power of our government comes
from the will of all individual citizens….!!!???
should be new election
Another Democrat stolen election. New election needed
It is imperative that vote counting be checked for honesty, integrity and accuracy. It’s been said that it isn’t who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.
Vote counting MUST be made honest again.
It would also be good to cut back or eliminate mailed out ballots unless some kind of chain of command be in put in place. To many ballots come back after most of the counting is done that give the lib dimm left ‘miraculous victories’.
If vote fraud is NOT STOPPED & made honest, we will lose the USA to the weird Davos types on the left who want to rule & reign over the planet. Freedom as we know it from the US Constitution will be lost.
Re-run in at least Maricopa County is needed.
Arizona has rightfully earned a reputation for being dishonest in the recording of votes. I have occupied a residency in Arizona since 1955 and have a sense of pride in our state for all the right reasons. Please! Take what legal steps are necessary to clean up our less than honest elections.
It’s time for a re-election with paper ballots and proven chain of possession. I believe it needs to be fixed now and not just shoved under the table as was done with the 2020 election.
100%agree!! The right p we ople are needed in the office that they were honestly elected too.
As a voter in Maricopa county I saw both our 2020 and 2022 elections stolen and nothing was done about it! Why even bother trying to vote here since our elections are just stolen!!
Sounds like Arizona should have a special election, with paper ballots and photo IDs. How can anyone trust the results of any past election.
The folks in Arizona (and also the other 49 states) are unable to
trust any election (fed, state, local)….because the election laws are
down right unconstitutional….! The reason is the 32 some 32
Full Voting Rights of the individual voters are ignored.
The whole 2022 election in Arizona was one huge scam by the Democrap mafia. All of the “masterminds” should be in prison.
Ballot security and voting integrity are a serious problem! This needs to be fixed!
We need to have those who are running our elections investigated for fraud, incompetence, and probably accepting bribes (and are secretly working for a one-world socialist takeover of the country) which is all in violation of the Constitution and our individual rights as citizens. Only actual citizens have the right to vote. We need to get back to law and order. People need to obey the police immediately or be subject to immediate force to do so.
I bought property in AZ, and these legislators better start following the law.
I am a proud member of Judicial Watch and hope more people join and learn what is going on.
How many Republican vote count observers were there at the elections office. Why weren’t there more challenges?
More corrupt than Chicago. Now the good news: buhbye katie.
And when will Kari receive the justice due her with the theft of her winning her race. Along with all the other deceitful elections in Arizona God help this country if this type of theft of elections continues. We need to read Saul Alinsky’s eight levels of control of our nation.
This information should give Kari Lake a clear win in her SCOTUS case.
why are there no arrests? if this is true this does not make sense