Report provides no proof of big claims about suspicious voting in Maricopa County

By Ray Stern | Arizona Republic

Election conspiracy theorists hailed the arrival of a report this week on a voter-canvassing effort trying to help the Arizona Senate’s audit of the 2020 election.

But the report failed to include any way to verify its dubious findings, and the only two specific examples it provided of alleged ballot problems were swiftly debunked.

The woman behind the canvassing effort, Liz Harris, refused to release data by which her claims in the Sept. 8 report could be checked. The new report also claims that the canvass team “can make sworn affidavits supporting these findings readily available,” but Harris refused to release those, either, or comment about the report to The Arizona Republic.

The Maricopa County Recorder’s and Assessor’s offices ripped the report in a joint statement Friday, but noted that officials would investigate the findings — if they could.

“While we investigate any and all allegations of wrongdoing made, we cannot do so without credible evidence being provided,” the joint statement says. “To date, Ms. Harris has refused to provide the Recorder’s Office or the Assessor’s Office with the kind of information we can use to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the claims made in her report.”

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