Judge rejects annulment of Joe Biden win in Arizona

A judge rejected a Republican attempt to overturn the victory of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden because, he claimed, the dissatisfied party was unable to show the fraud when he challenged the election results of the Phoenix metropolitan area and noted that the evidence presented in the trial did not reverse the defeat of President Donald Trump in the state.

Judge Randall Warner on Friday dismissed a challenge by Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward that there was a duplication of ballots in the Phoenix metropolitan area because voters’ initial ballots were damaged or could not be included in the tabs.

Poll observers whose testimony was requested by Ward said they noticed problems in processing the duplicate ballots, but the judge wrote that the situation was brought to the attention of the poll workers, who corrected the errors.

Warner wrote that “there is no evidence that the inaccuracies were intentional or part of a fraudulent plan. They were mistakes. And given the reduced number of duplicate ballots and the low error rate, the test does not show that the result has been affected ”.

Ward’s attorney Jack Wilenchik said that the head of the Republican Party in the state will appeal the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court. “We have an important matter to litigate here,” Wilenchik said.

Ward claims in his lawsuit that some suburbs on the southeastern periphery of Maricopa County had an unusually high number of duplicate ballots and that the election results in that area were “quite inconsistent” with the electoral roll and the historical trend of voting.

The lawsuit also claims that the software used to process those ballots “pre-filled” them more frequently with Biden’s name compared to those granted to President Donald Trump.

Attorneys defending election officials in the lawsuit said it would be an extraordinary move for a court to reverse the outcome of an election involving more than 3 million voters in Arizona.

In a sample that a court ordered of 1,626 duplicate ballots, Trump lost seven votes due to ballot processing errors in Maricopa County.

An election official had testified that Trump could have lost 103 votes if the error rate was extrapolated across all 27,800 duplicate ballots in the county. Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.

Warner also dismissed Ward’s allegations that Republican election observers were not granted access due to verification of the signatures on mailed ballots and duplicate ballots, noting that those complaints should have been filed sooner.