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Politics Arizona secretary of state tells Trump to 'accept' his election loss and 'move on' ahead of Phoenix rally

19:08  24 july  2021
19:08  24 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass

  Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass PHOENIX (AP) — Contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election said Thursday that they don’t have enough information to complete their report, and urged legislators to subpoena more records and survey voters at home. Leaders of the GOP audit described a wide variety of reasons their review is taking months longer than the 60 days initially planned, including confusion about damaged ballots and a lack of access to certain data. They described the delays during a meeting livestreamed at the Capitol Thursday and watched by thousands.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Arizona on October 19, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters © Carlos Barria/Reuters President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Arizona on October 19, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters
  • In a CNN interview Friday, the Arizona secretary of state said Trump needs to "move on" from his election loss.
  • Trump is slated to speak Saturday at a rally in Phoenix titled a "Rally to Protect Our Elections."
  • Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor, said Trump's visit to the state was "dangerous."
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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Friday said former President Donald Trump needed to "accept" his loss in last year's election and "move on" ahead of his appearance at a rally in Phoenix on Saturday.

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  Arizona attorney general asks secretary of state for potential evidence of illegal voting Attorney General Mark Brnovich requested potential evidence of illegal voting from the Arizona secretary of state, according to a new report. © Provided by Washington Examiner The email sent Wednesday by Jennifer Wright, an assistant attorney general overseeing Brnovich’s election integrity unit, follows Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs asking the Republican attorney general on July 7 to investigate possible election interference by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential race.

"Well, it is dangerous," said Hobbs, a Democrat, when asked by CNN's Jim Acosta about Trump's upcoming visit. "I'm glad you pointed that out. But the bottom line is it doesn't matter what he says or does, nothing is going to change the outcome of the 2020 election. But it also doesn't change how dangerous this is."

Hobbs said yesterday Trump should "accept" his loss to President Joe Biden and "move on" from it as the former president travels Saturday to the Arizona Federal Theater for the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix. The event, according to AZ Central, is hosted by the conservative nonprofit Turning Point Action. In addition to Trump's address, the event will feature a forum with Republican candidates for Arizona governor, according to the report.

Breaking down the 2020 election audits still underway

  Breaking down the 2020 election audits still underway While President Joe Biden secured a victory in the 2020 race more than nine months ago, some efforts to review how the election was handled are still underway. © Provided by Washington Examiner The ongoing or proposed reviews come against the backdrop of several GOP states pursuing changes to their election laws that Republicans say are necessary to restore trust in elections. However, Democrats say the basis of both the reviews and the voting reforms is a lie told by former President Donald Trump about the election being stolen — a claim with no evidence.Here is where 2020 election reviews stand now.

"The bottom line is that Arizonians are tired of being led by conspiracy theorists," Hobbs, who in June announced her candidacy for Arizona governor, said. "They don't support this fake audit and they're ready for leaders who are going to put those partisan games aside and deal with real issues."

Trump lost the race in Arizona in one of the key wins for Biden that afforded him the path to victory. In the months that followed his loss, Trump and his GOP allies refused to concede the race and spread baseless conspiracy theories about election safety. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in last year's general election.

His baseless claims fueled the deadly riot at US Capitol on January 6.

Read more: Trouble is brewing for a Georgia county's criminal investigation into Donald Trump

Republicans in the Arizona Senate late last year commissioned a controversial audit by a private firm to investigate baseless claims of voter fraud in the election. The still underway review is focused on Maricopa County, which encompasses the city of Phoenix, which Biden one by more than two percentage points.

Election officials in the state have found just 182 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's election, the Associated Press reported.

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GOP liaison to Arizona audit says he is resigning, won't be 'rubber stamp' on final report .
Twitter recently suspended a number of pro-election audit accounts — including one that's been cited as the partisan ballot review's official page.Ken Bennett, a former Arizona secretary of state, said he made the decision after it became clear he would not regain access to the Phoenix fairgrounds where the private company, Cyber Ninjas, continues its examination of millions of ballots cast last November in Maricopa County.

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