Politics Arizona Governor Hits Back at Donald Trump Over Audit: 'No Decertification'
Fact check: No evidence 'lost votes' or 'ghost votes' affected Arizona's election outcome
Local elections officials, media outlets and experts say the report is flawed.But online, some conspiracy theorists are still claiming voter fraud helped put Biden in the White House.
Arizona Governorhas said there will be "no decertification" of the state's 2020 presidential election results following an audit in Maricopa County that was highly anticipated by supporters of former President .
Ducey, who is a Republican, took toon Friday to say the election outcome would not be decertified and that the law did not allow for decertification despite demands from Trump.
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Certified election results, as well as several audits, show President Joe Biden won Arizona, contrary to Mike Lindell's claims.Ahead of an Aug. 11 "cyber symposium" in Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike Lindell promised data that would prove the election was stolen from Trump. But that data never came, and Josh Merritt, a "cyber expert" Lindell hired, told the Washington Times he'd seen no evidence to back up that claim.
The controversial auditin line with the election results and three previous audits. It was conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a firm with no previous experience auditing elections.
Trump issued a statement on Friday calling on Arizona to decertify the election results.
"It is not even believable the dishonesty of the Fake News Media on the Arizona Audit results, which shows incomprehensible Fraud at an Election Changing level, many times more votes than is needed," Trump said.
"The Fake News Media refuses to write the facts, thereby being complicit in the Crime of the Century. They are so dishonest, but Patriots know the truth! Arizona," the statement went on.
Arizona election audit: Draft report confirms Biden defeated Trump in Maricopa County last November
The partisan review of Maricopa County's 2.1 million ballots cast in the 2020 election found a vote count nearly identical to what the county had previously reported, a draft report detailing its findings shows. © Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett works to move ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
However, Ducey made clear that was not going to happen and his state would follow the law.
"When it comes to the audit, like the three audits that preceded it, it's now over. The outcome stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over," Ducey tweeted.
When it comes to the audit, like the three audits that preceded it, it’s now over. The outcome stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over. 3/— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) September 25, 2021
"Any meaningful policy recommendations identified should be addressed in the next session of the legislature. Any findings of fraud should be referred to the Attorney General and thefor them to take action," he wrote.
"There— the audit does not call for one, and even if it had, there is no lawful way to decertify. As we have every step of the way, Arizona will follow the law," the governor said.
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"FULL SIGNATURE AUDIT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!" Dr. Kelli Ward tweeted after Trump's loss was confirmed.Results of the audit, which was led by a group called "Cyber Ninjas," were released on Friday and found that Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by slightly more votes than the official count. Although the review was the third audit of Arizona results, none of which cast any reasonable doubt on Biden's win, Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward took to Twitter to call for another audit while insisting that Friday's results indicated "possible malfeasance.
However, Ducey also acknowledged "that we've seen confidence erode in our election system in recent years" and that the issue needed to be addressed. He said there was "work to do to strengthen confidence in our elections system."
The Cyber Ninjas' audit had faced severe criticism, including for pursuing conspiracy theories such as looking for bamboo fibers in ballots. This was based on the unfounded claim that thousands of ballots had been shipped in from Asia in order to affect the outcome of the election. The final report did not mention bamboo.
Texas Officials Reject Claim Election Audit Began Months Ago, Not From Trump Pressure .
"If they seriously thought that there were any issues, they would have asked for this the day after the election," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.The Texas Secretary of State's office announced the audit on September 23—the same day Trump wrote a letter to Abbott pushing for a forensic audit.