Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says that his investigation into Maricopa County is raising questions about the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Examiner reports.
Former President Donald Trump lost the state of Arizona by less than 11,000 ballots to then-candidate Joe Biden. There has been much controversy surrounding Maricopa County, the state’s largest country.
The Republican-led Arizona Senate launched an investigation into Maricopa County’s handling of the 2020 election. That investigation, though, ended up running into a roadblock with the investigators not getting the information that they needed to proceed further.
Since then, Brnovich has been leading an investigation of his own. And, just this week he released an update on his findings so far.
Brnovich’s update came in a 12-page report that he sent to Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate’s president.
In that letter, Brnovich wrote, “we have reached the conclusion that the 2020 election in Maricopa County revealed serious vulnerabilities that must be addressed and raises questions about the 2020 election in Arizona.”
The Washington Examiner reports five “key findings” that Brnovich made, starting with, “Maricopa officials were not cooperative with his demands for information.”
Other key findings include that Maricopa County “election officials were given less than five seconds to verify voter signatures on file with ballots filed early;” that “the number of ballots nullified because of problems dropped even though those filed nearly doubled in 2020;” and that “there were ‘multiple violations’ in how about 20% of ballots in drop boxes were handled and delivered to election offices.”
The final key finding, according to the Examiner, is that “some $8 million in outside funds and grants were used in the vote count, now illegal under a recently passed law.” The Examiner notes that “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife funded more than half of that.”
Brnovich is said to be getting ready to bring criminal and civil fraud charges against some individuals. But, it is unclear who these individuals are.
Mostly, though, it appears that Brnovich is looking to the future by calling for Arizona’s election laws to be tightened up.
“With each passing election, Americans on all sides of the political spectrum have less confidence in the integrity of our elections,” he wrote. “This is a crisis that should be addressed immediately with bipartisan solutions grounded in the rule of law.”