For Immediate Release
11/19/2020
Contact:Zachery Henry
communications@azgop.org
Republican Party of Arizona Responds To Ballot Recount Decision

PHOENIX — Republican Party of Arizona Chairwoman Kelli Ward released the following statement after receiving the written order from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. dismissing our petition to require a hand-count audit at the precinct level:

“This election has been fraught with tension as voters were forced to adjust to new election procedures put in place because of COVID-19, as well as organized efforts by Democrats across the country, which helped lead to a wildly different voting process than in years past. Here in Arizona, we have identified problems in our own process where the will of a Democrat Secretary of State is being substituted for the black letter law passed by the State Legislature. 

“Our most recent lawsuit sought judicial clarification on the question of whether the Secretary of State’s Elections Procedures Manual would be allowed to supersede state statute. Unfortunately, this ruling instead makes clear to Arizonans that they must ensure that this issue is addressed with new legislation that clearly outlines the parameters in which the Secretary can and cannot impose their own interpretation of our laws in the future.

“Arizona voters deserve to have complete trust in their election procedures. They should also have supreme confidence that only legal ballots were counted in the 2020 election. Failure to address their concerns actively harms our state and our nation. Because of this, I stand by my call for a full hand-count audit of our state’s election results.”


Background:
Traditionally, voters have been assigned a “polling place” in their precinct at which to vote; however, for the 2020 general election, a number of polling places called “vote centers” were set up across the state where voters from any precinct could vote. There is a fundamental difference between sampling “polling centers” and “precincts,” most notable being the fact that there were only around 175 vote centers this election, but there were 748 precincts. Hand counting by precinct would therefore potentially result in a more precise sampling of votes.

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