AG’s office asks secretary of state for potential evidence of illegal voting after ‘Republic’ report

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office has asked Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for potential evidence of illegal voting — a move that counters her request that he investigate a pressure campaign by former President Donald Trump’s allies to “stop the counting” last year. 

The attorney general’s email response pointedly notes that Hobbs, a Democrat, hasn’t submitted referrals for double voting. It marks the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has not done so.

The Hobbs administration is waiting for a report from a national organization that works with states across the nation to help identify potential incidents of double voting, a spokesperson for Hobbs said Friday.

The email, sent Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s Office and obtained Friday by The Arizona Republic, was sent by Jennifer Wright, an assistant attorney general who focuses on Brnovich’s election integrity unit.

The correspondence marks the first public sign that Brnovich, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, intends to examine public records in the aftermath of The Republic’s reporting, which first detailed the pressure campaign. 


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July 2021