Wednesday, November 25, 2020

BREAKING: Monday Morning Hearing On AZGOP Contest of Arizona's Presidential Election (READ pleadings); GOP Works With Trump Campaign, Targets Heavily Mormon Area

 There will be a Monday morning hearing on the likely legal contest challenging Arizona's Presidential election, filed by the Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Kelli Ward filed the legal papers Tuesday afternoon, minutes before closing. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner noted the 4:55pm time in his Minute Entry this morning, and noted that the Court is closed on both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, the 10:30am hearing on Monday morning will be an immediate hearing.

Arizona's Politics asked AZGOP Communications Director Zach Henry about the action. The Arizona GOP is "working closely with all interested parties, including the RNC and the Trump campaign, to ensure all legal ballots are accurately counted and any fraudulent ballots are not counted." Henry declined to identify who the party was in contact with at the campaign or the RNC, and whether there was an agreement regarding funding.

The AZGOP attorneys - Wilenchik & Bartness - are asking the Court to allow them to begin looking at mail-in ballot envelopes and duplicated ballots in all of Maricopa County. They allege that legal observers from both parties were kept to far away from the adjudication of questioned signatures.

The other part of the likely contest action is that there allegedly were a high number of damaged or illegible ballots in the Queen Creek/Congressional District 5portion of Maricopa County. When that happens, the election workers - in bipartisan teams - inspect and duplicate the ballot so that it can be tabulated, and Ward would like to inspect the original and duplicated ballots. (Representative Andy Biggs won re-election in CD5; however, the district also contains a large number of Republican voters who are members of the LDS Church.)

The proposed Complaint suggests the reason: "The results in CD5/Queen Creek were strongly inconsistent with voter registration data (party affiliation) and with historical voting data (voting in previous elections including the 2016 Presidential election)."

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