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Arizona AG refutes review that counted 282 dead voters


PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Monday his investigators found only one dead voter after thoroughly reviewing the findings of a partisan review of the 2020 election that found 282 ballots would have been cast in the name of a deceased person.

The finding by the Republican attorney general, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s primary, further discredits the review conducted last year. The review was conducted by an inexperienced firm, Cyber ​​Ninjas, and conducted largely by supporters of Donald Trump who mistakenly believe the election was stolen from him.

“Our agents have investigated all individuals the Cyber ​​Ninjas have declared dead, and many were very surprised to learn that they were allegedly deceased,” Brnovich wrote in a letter to the President of the Senate. State, Karen Fann, who used her subpoena power to obtain ballots, tabulators and election data and hired Cyber ​​Ninjas for what she called a “forensic audit.”

For the one substantiated incident, “the facts of the case did not warrant prosecution,” said Ryan Anderson, spokesman for Brnovich. He said the deceased person’s ballot had not been counted. None of the three criminal cases the attorney general filed against deceased voters were related to the Cyber ​​Ninjas investigation, he said.

Brnovich did not say whether charges had been filed in relation to the only substantiated incident, and his spokesman, Ryan Anderson, did not respond to a phone call or text message. Everyone else listed by Cyber ​​Ninjas as deceased “turned out to be current voters,” Brnovich wrote.

Combined with other reports of deceased voters, Brnovich’s Election Integrity Unit investigated 409 combined names and produced “only a handful of potential cases.”

Brnovich vouched for the legitimacy of the election immediately following President Joe Biden’s victory, but later went public with his investigation into the Cyber ​​Ninjas allegations as he sought Trump’s endorsement for his campaign. in the Senate. Trump eventually issued a scathing statement saying Brnovich was not doing enough to advance his fraud allegations and endorsed businessman Blake Masters.

Federal and state election officials and Trump’s own attorney general said there was no credible evidence the election was tainted. The former president’s fraud allegations have also been flatly dismissed by the courts, including by Trump-appointed judges.

The Cyber ​​Ninjas journal examined data, machines and ballots from Maricopa County, the largest in the state. He produced a report that experts described as riddled with errors, biases and flawed methodology. Yet even that partisan scrutiny resulted in a vote tally that would not have altered the outcome, finding Biden winning 360 more votes than the official results.

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