Arizona's largest county certifies Biden win over Trump

Supporters of Donald Trump gather on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 in Phoenix, outside where the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are meeting about certifying election votes. The elected leaders of Arizona's most populous county were expected to certify election results Friday that showed Democrat Joe Biden won the most votes.

PHOENIX (AP) — The elected leaders of Arizona's most populous county certified election results Friday that showed Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential race and set the stage for state leaders to certify results once one holdout county follows suit next week.

The five-member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors acted after lawsuits backed by the Republican Party and others supporting President Donald Trump failed to halt the normally routine action of verifying election results. One Democrat and four Republicans are on the Phoenix-based board that voted unanimously to accept the election results.

Protesters marched outside the board chambers urging members not to approve the canvass, but Republican Chairman Clint Hickman said there's no question about the accuracy of the count and no legal reason not to certify it.

“In a free democracy elections result in some people’s candidates losing,” Hickman said, “I was disappointed in the outcome of a couple races and I was extremely happy with the outcome in others. But I’m not going to violate the law or deviate from my own moral compass as some have pushed me to do.”

The Arizona Republican Party had asked a court to order an audit of a larger sample of ballots, saying there were questions about the counts, but a judge in Phoenix threw out that effort Thursday.

The action by the Maricopa County board comes as the state GOP has been pressuring county officials statewide to delay certifying their election results, leading officials in Republican-heavy Mohave County to postpone their certification until Monday. That's the deadline for them to act, unless there are outstanding votes that have not been counted. That is not the case; all 15 Arizona counties had completed their tallies by the end of last week.

Board members heard extensive reports from county elections officials who said the vote count was correct and noted that all tests and hand-count reviews showed the electronic ballot count was 100% accurate. Those tests are done with help from Democrats and Republicans.

“In all those instances the political parties themselves found zero variance in all three elections,” said Scott Jarrett, Maricopa County's director of election day and emergency voting, referring to three elections this year. "This is determined by the political parties themselves that this system is accurate.”

Around 70 Trump supporters gathered outside the site where the supervisors were meeting. Various speakers took turns lambasting the board, saying any certification would be an act of “treason.” They also rehashed previous allegations such as votes had been cast in the names of hundreds of dead people. Several people said an independent, forensic audit of ballots and voting machines would make them feel comfortable accepting whatever election outcome.

“The point is it’s not that there is voter fraud. The point is, is there the possibility of voter fraud,” said Stephanie O’Brien, 56. “If there is, it takes away the confidence of the people. My biggest issue is I don’t feel confident about it.”

Several lawsuits had been filed since Election Day, and the remaining challenge was dismissed as the board was meeting, although its outcome would not have changed the outcome that saw a Democratic presidential candidate win the state for the first time since 1996. It alleged that some voters' ballots may not have been tabulated at county-run election sites, but that could only affect a handful of potential votes.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahoney announced her plans immediately after lawyers made closing arguments at a hearing, though she didn’t detail her reasons for wanting to throw out the case.

The lawsuit asked a court to let one person who alleged a tabulator rejected her ballot to recast her vote. Lawyers defending Maricopa County said there was no evidence the votes of the two people who filed the lawsuit weren’t counted.

During the hearing, lawyers who filed the case tried to admit into evidence a photograph of a ballot taken inside a polling location, but later backed off that effort when it was explained that it’s a crime to take photos within 75 feet of a polling place. Those lawyers also faced criticism when they unsuccessfully tried to admit into evidence an expert’s report about a tabulator made by the same vendor used by Maricopa County, but the expert hadn’t examined the model used by Maricopa County.

Biden won the county by more than 45,000 votes, and bested Trump statewide by a margin of more than 10,000 votes. The win came as Democrats made an all-out push to turn Arizona blue after decades of leaning Republican.

Democrats pinned their hopes on Arizona’s changing demographics and swing voters who split their tickets two years ago to elect a Republican governor and send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Their fortunes have risen thanks to the state’s growing Latino population, an influx of new voters and unease with Trump among suburban women.

Trump and his allies battled to hold on to Arizona, which the president won in 2016 by 3.5 percentage points.

The state plans to do its statewide election canvass on Nov. 30.

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Associated Press reporters Terry Tang and Jacques Billeaud contributed.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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simon1dog

D.C. at the end of Washington stands for, "Don't Concede." That's a fact, Jack!

BigBob

You sad little guy. Of course we all know D.C. does not stand for "Don't Concede" and why did you say it does? And BTW no one really cares of Typhoid Donnie, the super-spreader of the trump virus that has, so far, killed a quarter-of-a-million American men and children concedes or not. It is an irrelevant point. On 20 January he's DONE - OUT THE DOOR - FINISHED - as President Biden is worn in. Believe me no one expected the maniacal little man-child to concede, that's the adult thing to do. That, Jack, is the fact!

Joe Nobody

I guess it doesn't really matter where DJT won, even though they were using Dominion systems?

BigBob

Why do Typhoid Donnie’s Moron Brigade keep whining about Dominion Voting Services?

Dominion Voting Systems is a company from Toronto with U.S. headquarters in Denver, and is one of three major firms providing voting machines for U.S. elections.

Our lovable idiot Typhoid Donnie has spewed BS against Dominion, ranting on Twitter, “Report: Dominion deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide. Data analysis finds 221,000 Pennsylvania votes switched from President Trump to Biden. 941,000 Trump votes deleted. States using Dominion Voting Systems switched 435,000 votes from Trump to Biden.” As usual the fool could provide no proof of his trash.

It has been reported by numerous media outlasts a national coalition announced there “is no evidence that any voting software deleted or changed votes” in the 2020 presidential election. The group “includes the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Association of State Election Directors” described the election as “the most secure in American history. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

BigBob

Phone rings in White House bunker, typhoid Donnie picks it us, "Hello?"

President Elect Biden asks, "Can I speak to Lou?'

Typhoid Donnie, "Lou who?"

President Elect Biden, "LOU-SER"

HavasuGuy

Well it appears that Arizona will be certifying Joe Biden's win and presidency without Mohave county's votes being considered, just as well...

BigBob

HG - actually our pathetic county full of loser republiscums has never actually been considered important in any election.

simon1dog

23merkaba - [thumbup]

BigBob

OMG! Is there any outright fool you will not agree with?

23merkaba

The paper used to print the ballots on was marked with a non-radioactive isotope water mark, so they can be GPS tracked. Chief Justice Roberts is a member of the Knights of Malta and will be exposed as a traitor. There are already 190,000 indictments ready to go. There's a reason we put a wrinkled flag on the coffins of George HW Bush, John McCain, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they were also traitors. The NWO is a Luciferian cult. Remember, it had to be this way, you can't tell the people, you have to show them. Get the popcorn, enjoy the show, we haven't even reached the tip of the iceberg yet.

Dawn King

Meeks, That’s just over the top, bat crap, Qanon crazy. I bet people cross to the other side of the street when they see you walking towards them!

BigBob

WOW! Those doggone gummies have really destroyed your already damaged brain! The only "tip of the iceberg" are the hundreds of cases of crimes against America that will be filed against Typhoid Donnie, his entire crime family and every low-life scum he appointed to office. Now I strongly suggest you go lie down and for God's sake do not attempt to operate an automobile or even a coffee maker.

shutthefrontdoor

Let us see, JFK, Martin Luther King were done in by the CIA. Area 51 is where the moon landing was staged. The earth is flat. Bigfoot, whose real name is Daryl has had 2,032 sightings. Mattress Firm Stores are a money laundering business. Truman Capote wrote "To Kill A Mockingbird". Roswell, N.M., enough said. The Loch Ness Monster in Flathead Lake Montana. The Georgia Guidestones. Idaho chem trails. John Dillinger lived into the 1900's. Jimmy Hoffa. Ong's Hat, N.J., home to people who practiced interdimensional travel. Research facility in Alaska is a mind control facility. Hitler survived the war and moved to Queens where he awaits his new roommate Donald "Hair Fuhrer" Trump who may not have won the presidential election of 2020. The coronavirus will disappear! Now!, you can get the popcorn and go see your shrink!

Dawn King

That was funny, shutt! But Flo already told us that Bigfoot’s name is Daryl.......

1502

Liar trump too bad. Trump the draft dodger go back to your dated gold house.

bbbob

another post from no nothing ittle blob...........................GO BACK TO CALIF BLOBY

BigBob

Who are "ittle Blob" and "BLOBY." And I am sure when it comes to "no nothing" I feel confident both of them understand the difference between "no" and "know." And what does my posting a comment from an idiot have to due with ... oh, never mind, you're too stupid to even engage in conversation.

BigBob

Ah,there is good news in Arizona!

And I am reminded of one of biggest fans posting this -

“Oh my ‘Twit’ are you angry? worried? both? That’s to bad Twit. I’ll try to have some ‘empathy and compassion’ for you on Wednesday? Have you voted yet Twit? If not, it’s still not to late to jump on the “Trump Train”, you can be a winner for once! Think about it Davel2 you could be a part of the winning team! If not, I guess you can hang out with BigBob, the Moron and the other “Losers” and drown your sorrows with “whine” and cheese.”

So strange we haven't heard from that fool since election day.

HavasuGuy

I agree. So it turns out he was the real twit all along!

Dawn King

I kinda miss him, in a twisted sorta way. He’s old, like most of us here. Hope he’s okay......

HavasuGuy

He hasn't been okay in years but I can tell you he still is spewing his swill to anyone that will listen to him at the post...

BigBob

HG, I feel sorry for anyone who is within hearing distance of him. Suggest an ignorant person

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