A woman behind a "grassroots canvass report" into the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona, released her findings Wednesday alleging multiple problems with the contest, which County Recorder Stephen Richer insisted are "easily debunked."
The report, authored by former Arizona state legislative candidate and realtor Liz Harris, deems the contest "uncertifiable" and claims to uncover an estimated 173,104 lost votes and 96,389 "ghost votes." Volunteers went "door to door verifying registration and voting information" to establish the findings, reporting data on 4,570 registered voters, the report said.
Votes considered "lost" were cast but not counted and have "no record" with the county. The report noted organizers used extrapolation from the 330 registered voters who said they voted but whom the county said did not vote. From this, Harris estimated more than 173,000 people voted but did not count.
The purported ghost votes were mail-in ballots "cast under the names of registered voters who were either unknown to the residents of the registration address or were verified as having moved away prior to October 2020," the report said.
Richer, the Republican Maricopa County recorder who has been critical of the completely separate Arizona Senate-contracted election audit, criticized Harris for not consulting county officials before releasing the report, which was quickly seized on by Trump allies eager to cast doubt on President Joe Biden's 2020 win in the state.
“I asked for sample concerns from Liz Harris on March 18 to forestall against such misinformation and clear up any questions,” Richer told the Arizona Republic. “I never got any data. [County] Assessor Eddie Cook later made the same request from Harris. It is irresponsible and silly to claim 200,000+ errors and offer only two alleged inaccuracies as hard data points, both of which are easily debunked. 0 for 2 is not a great start.”
The two "alleged inaccuracies" refer to claims in the report about votes being cast from vacant lots in the county. However, Cook confirmed the existence of a house on one of the properties and the presence of multiple mobile homes on the other, according to Richer.
Thanks @AssessorEddie and @MCAssessor for quickly confirming both the existence of a house (not an empty lot) in case 1, and, in case 2, the existence of multiple mobile homes from 2005 until quite recently (image below). Again, only 2 data points for an allegation of 100,000+ pic.twitter.com/him1mxxULA
— Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct) (@stephen_richer) September 9, 2021
The recorder’s office is responsible for maintaining voter files for more than 2.6 million active registered voters in Maricopa County, according to its website.
The canvass report was dropped ahead of an announcement by Randy Pullen, spokesman for the Republican-led state Senate's 2020 audit, that audit contractors expect to submit a draft report of their findings to the chamber next Wednesday or Thursday.
State and local officials of both parties have defended the county and its election results against the Republican-led audit effort. Republican Maricopa Supervisor Jack Sellers in August called the review an "adventure in never-never land," while Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has insisted it is a "political stunt."
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Original Author: Jeremy Beaman