Arizona Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to void election

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris and Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden greet supporters at an election rally, after news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020. /Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The state’s high court late Tuesday threw out a bid by the head of the state Republican Party to void the results of the presidential race.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices said that Kelli Ward failed to present any evidence of misconduct or illegal votes in the tally that found Joe Biden had outpolled Donald Trump in Arizona.

Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, an appointee of former Gov. Jan Brewer writing for the court, said Ward, who has the burden of proof when challenging an election, provided no evidence that the electors pledged to Trump got more votes than those pledged to Biden “let alone establish any degree of fraud or a sufficient error rate that would undermine the certainty of the election results.”

Brutinel acknowledged, as did the trial judge, that there were some errors made when damaged or ballots with extra marks had to be redone by hand so they could be fed through counting machines.

Related: Despite judge’s harsh rejection of Arizona election fraud case, Republicans pursue appeal


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