An Arizona Republican who lost her bid for the House last November has alleged that some 96,000 ballots were cast in the state by voters who didn’t actually live at the address listed on their voter registration — but a new fact check by the Associated Press says Harris’ claims about those so-called “ghost” votes are unfounded.
According to the AP, Liz Harris had released an 11-page report in Arizona’s Maricopa County, the state’s largest, that declared the 2020 election results there were “uncertifiable” because of both the “ghost” votes and nearly 175,000 ballots that were said to have been “lost.”
“But its conclusions aren’t supported by any evidence,” the AP said of Harris’ report, citing “county election officials and outside election experts, who called the report’s methods ‘quasi-science’ and its findings inaccurate.”
“A random sample”
Experts told the AP that the so-called “Grassroots Canvass Report” attempts to extrapolate “data on just 4,570 voters in a handful of voting precincts” to the rest of the county. But a political science professor at Stanford University said the math doesn’t work.
“From the description in the report, it is clear that this was not a random sample,” Justin Grimmer told the AP.
Harris, for her part, didn’t respond to the AP’s requests for comment.
“A duty to act”
Before it was debunked, the report made headway in conservative circles, and even caught the eye of Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican vying to be the next Arizona secretary of state, according to the AP.
I am calling it. Between the preliminary audit results and the private canvass, I call on Arizona to decertify the election of 2020 and recall the electors. There is already enough evidence to show clear and convincing fraud. We have a duty to act.
— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021
Harris was also said to have touted the report in an appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast.
Of course, questions about the results of the 2020 election aren’t contained to Arizona. As Politico reports, top Republican leaders in states including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have moved in recent weeks to launch new reviews of the election results in hopes of rooting out potential fraud and irregularities.
Whatever they find, there’s no way that President Joe Biden would be removed from office at this point, as the results of the 2020 race were long ago certified by Congress. But that doesn’t mean members of the GOP won’t stop pushing for the truth.
“Hopefully the results [of the audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County]…will be a springboard for us,” Pennsylvania state Senate President Jake Corman (R) said in a recent interview, according to Politico. “Give us momentum, make it harder for courts to shoot us down, if results have happened in other states that have seen this.”