- The Arizona Supreme Court denied the the Arizona GOP request for further inspection of defective duplicate ballots
- “…We may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election…”
- “…Rest assured, the fight to restore that corroded confidence will continue.”
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The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously denied the claim by the Arizona Republicans .
PHOENIX — Despite evidence presented of human error and unexplainable discrepancies in the ballot adjudication process, the Arizona Supreme Court today denied our request for further inspection of defective duplicate ballots.
Chairwoman Kelli Ward issued the following statement on the Court's ruling:
“It is disappointing that the Court would not permit us to look behind closed doors to review additional material for similar mistakes, of which we were in a short time able to identify statistically significant evidence of human error. The question persists then, how can the voting public have confidence in our elections if such pertinent information is inexcusably withheld from them?
“Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear: Arizona voters and their confidence in election transparency and accuracy. And while today's decision is not what those who value and recognize the importance of election transparency and integrity were seeking, rest assured, the fight to restore that corroded confidence will continue.”
In the unanimous decision, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel wrote,
“Because the challenge fails to present any evidence of “misconduct,” “illegal votes’ or that the Biden Electors “did not in fact receive the highest number of votes for office,” let alone establish any degree of fraud or a sufficient error rate that would undermine the certainty of the election results, the Court need not decide if the challenge was in fact authorized by under A.R.S. § 16-672 or if the federal “safe harbor deadline applies to this contest. Therefore,
It IS ORDERED affirming the trial court decision and confirming the election of the Biden Electors under A.R.S. § 16-676 (B)."