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Trump’s Deficit in Arizona Shrinks With New Results From Maricopa County

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2020
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trump'sPresident Donald Trump’s vote deficit in Arizona has narrowed, with a recent tally reported from the state’s largest county showing that Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s lead in the battleground has shrunk to around 68,390 votes.

Updated vote totals released by Maricopa County early Thursday (pdf) show Biden with 912,585 votes to Trump’s 838,071, a difference of around 75,000 votes. Previously, Maricopa was reporting 887,457 votes for Biden and 802,160 for Trump, a spread of just over 85,000 votes.

According to an Associated Press tally, with 88 percent reporting, Biden has 1,469,341 votes in all of Arizona, while Trump has 1,400,951, a difference of 68,390 votes. The tally is based on a total of 2,910,677 votes, with Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen receiving 39,761 votes.

While the voting results for Arizona were called early for Biden by several news outlets, including Fox, Phoenix-based data analysis and political consulting firm Data Orbital said the ballots still being counted may be heavily Republican, with enough to potentially flip the state for Trump.

The Maricopa County announcement came as Trump supporters converged on a vote-counting center in Phoenix, chanting “stop the steal!” in reference to the president’s claims of election fraud. Trump has insisted that there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting, especially with mail-in votes, while Republicans filed suits in various states over the election.

Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, joined the crowd, declaring: “We’re not going to let this election be stolen. Period.”

Observers from both major political parties were inside the election center as ballots were processed and counted, and the procedure was live-streamed online. Two top county officials—one a Democrat, the other a Republican—issued a statement expressing concern about “misinformation spreading about the integrity of our elections.”

“Vote counting is not a Republican or Democrat issue; everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “An accurate vote takes time. … This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

They also addressed speculation that had spread on social media about the use of Sharpies, saying that the felt pens “do not invalidate ballots.”

On Nov. 4, President Donald Trump declared victory in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. He also said his campaign would “hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!” Twitter put a label under Trump’s post that votes may still need to be counted.

If Trump secures the four states, he would win reelection with 281 Electoral College votes. No news outlets or organizations have called the states for Trump.

About an hour prior to Trump’s statement, Biden held a news conference, in which he did not declare victory, but asserted, “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winner.”

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Peggy
Peggy
3 years ago

All “legitimate” votes have to be counted. Very important point.

Emmett Davis
Emmett Davis
3 years ago

We must not let the Democrat’s steal this election!

Kim
Kim
3 years ago

Where I voted in NC, each voter was given–and asked to keep–an inexpensive pen with a rubber tip that pointed to selections on the screen. Sharie pens are expensive!

That aside, yesterday I spoke with an agent at the county elections board. We had a couple of problems with voter fraud 2 years ago, so the county has increased its vigilance. The “bipartisan team” is monitoring the process all day. Even with all the stepped-up procedures, the agent told me that still there were several attempts to slip through illegal ballots in her office. And I heard on the news a few minutes ago that a large number of discarded ballots were just found on private property a few miles from here!

So, even in a region where fraud is very much on everyone’s mind, this garbage is still happening!!

What’s the solution to this mess?
First, we have to stop this early voting that goes on for weeks or months. Some think the elections commissions should allow voters to change the votes they’ve already submitted. C’mon, man! That’s just stupid!
Second, eliminate mass mailings of ballots. Too many opportunities for corruption. I’ve heard reports of people receiving many (5, 8, 18…) ballots at the same address.
Third, institute tighter restrictions for absentee ballots. If you can walk or drive or take a cab to the polling station, then do it. If you can’t, then expect to submit information that will validate you are who you say you are. The board of elections has to check every envelope and make sure that the person didn’t also vote 17 times in person.
Fourth, get the country back to voting on Election Day. One day only, and no ballots accepted after 11:59 p.m.
Fifth, photo ID, and/or voter registration number!
Sixth, update the computer capabilities so tabulating goes directly to the county, state, and federal levels. The fewer hands the ballots pass through, the better. But, of course, computers and corruption can go hand-in-hand….oh well…

For one candidate to bring out super enthusiastic crowds numbering in the tens of thousands, and the other who can barely attract 100…something’s wrong with this picture. There’s a disconnect between the implied expectation of a winner and the actual–although contested–reality of a loser winning this thing. Unbelievable.

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