Top election officials in Arizona’s largest county said that no evidence has been found of voter fraud, misconduct, or equipment malfunction and gave assurances the voting system is accurate and the election reliable.
Clint Hickman, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in a Nov. 17 letter that “proper steps have been taken to ensure a full and accurate count of all votes,” including functionality and accuracy testing of tabulation equipment and a hand count audit of a representative sampling of votes that “yielded a 100 percent match to the results” produced by vote counting machines.
Over 2 million votes were cast in Maricopa County, and out of more than 167,000 ballots cast on Election Day, fewer than 200 ballots were found to have an over vote in the presidential race, he said.
“There is no evidence of fraud or misconduct or malfunction,” Hickman said. He also noted the lack of evidence of inaccuracy or malfunction in the Dominion Voting Systems tabulation equipment, which has been claimed by Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell as rigged to switch votes from President Donald Trump to Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
He said the Dominion equipment was vetted by a bipartisan certification committee ahead of a decision on its use, and that functionality and accuracy tests were carried out before the election.
“The Dominion tabulation equipment met mandatory requirements during logic and accuracy testing before the Presidential Preference Election, the Primary Election, and the General Election,” Hickman wrote, adding, “after each of these 2020 elections, the hand count audit showed the machines generated an accurate count.”
Ballots are counted at the Maricopa County Election Department after the U.S. presidential election in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2020. (Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images)
The mandatory hand count audit, which is required by Arizona law and in which all three political parties took part, was carried out on the basis of Election Day ballots from two percent of vote centers and one percent of early ballots.
“This is a statistically significant sample of thousands of votes, which would have caught irregularities,” he wrote.
Several Republican members of Congress have called on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to audit 100 percent of ballots cast, citing “issues raised about the integrity of some of our election systems within the state.”
Hickman also said that election officials considered “many theories” about the election results, adding that “none of these theories have proven true or raised the possibility the outcome of the election would be different.”
Votes are counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department office in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and his campaign have claimed widespread election fraud, filing a raft of legal challenges that are at various stages of settlement.
The claim made by Trump campaign lawyer Powell centers on the notion that elections software switched “millions of votes” from Trump to Biden. She said the president’s legal team has been receiving a deluge of evidence concerning voter fraud and other irregularities, telling Fox Business that she has enough proof to launch a widespread criminal investigation and that, “we’re getting ready to overturn election results in multiple states.”
While Powell has not disclosed the evidence she claims to have, her views were met with support from Trey Trainor, head of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), who said in a tweet Tuesday that he believes her claim of widespread election fraud.
Dominion Voting Systems has denied several times to media outlets that its software and devices are not secure or that they were used to switch votes.
“Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies false assertions about vote switching issues with our voting systems,” the company said in a statement. “Vote deletion/switching assertions are completely false.”
A national coalition that includes the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Association of State Election Directors said there is a lack of evidence supporting the claim that voting software deleted or switched votes in the election.
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” a joint statement from the coalition said, and called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”
Hickman, in his letter, said that “the evidence overwhelmingly shows the system used in Maricopa County is accurate and provided voters with a reliable election,” adding, “no matter how you voted, this election was administered with integrity, transparency, and in accordance with state laws.”
In Arizona, an automatic recount is triggered if the margin is within 0.1 percent or 200 votes, whichever is the smaller number. State law does not allow recounts to be requested. The difference between the two candidates is 0.3 percentage points, according to pre-certification tallies.