Republicans in Arizona are fighting back hard against election fraud following the debacle of the 2020 presidential election, in which Donald Trump was likely the winner. However, a lack of signature verification and other initiatives pushed by the Democrats enabled Joe Biden to inch out a “victory” in the state.
One measure put forward bumps up the recount threshold to 0.5 percentage points. The measure has passed in the Arizona House but still needs approval in the Senate.
The House also passed Senate Bill 1083, which expands the requirements needed for an automatic recount of votes in tight election races. SB103 would require a recount if the margin of victory is within one-half of one percent of the combined total votes.
Current state law only requires a recount if the margin of victory is within one-tenth of one percent of the combined vote total.
Had the proposal been law last year, a mandatory recount in the Arizona race would have commenced, where Biden narrowly “defeated” Trump by just over 10,000 votes. That margin is just over 3/10 of one percent of the total votes for the two candidates.
SB 1241, the other measure proposed by Arizona Republicans, pertains to voter signature identification. The bill would require county officials to send all cases of mis-matched signatures on mail-in-ballots to the Attorney General’s office for further investigation.
Currently Arizona law allows voters with mis-matched signatures to “correct” their mail-in-ballots. When signatures do not match, and election officials are unable to reach the voter, their ballot is simply disregarded, as was the case for nearly 2,000 ballots in the 2020 election.
The amendment passed on partisan lines, 31-29.
GOP State Rep. John Kavanagh is hopeful the pair of bills will combat future election fraud.
“That is almost the biggest yellow flag for voter fraud that I can think of — the signatures don’t match and you can’t contact the voter. There’s a chance there that that’s a fraudulent ballot. And that should be investigated,” said Kavanagh.
However, Arizona Democrats are pushing the “Big Lie” theory that small instances of voter fraud would in any way be sizable enough to impact or change the outcome of a presidential election.
“This idea is simply predicated on one thing, which is to chase and continue to utilize this ‘Big Lie’ that, somehow, someplace, we have these fraudulent ballots that are changing the outcome of elections,”
Author: Sebastian Hayworth