Arizona’s largest county counted nearly 20,000 late ballots in 2020: report

2B4APNG USA. 05th Mar, 2020. Maricopa County officials show off the county's new accessible voting machines this year designed to help people participate in elections on March 2, 2020, in Phoenix. County Elections Office (Photo by Nick Oza/Arizona Republic/Imagn/USA Today Network/Sipa USA) Credit: Sipa USA/Alamy Live News

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A shocking new report from the election integrity group “Verity Vote” has revealed that nearly 20,000 invalid ballots were counted in Maricopa County, Arizona, during the 2020 presidential election.

According to the report, the ballots were invalid because they arrived after Arizona’s stipulated cutoff time.

Just the News reported that ballots in the Grand Canyon State must be received by or before 7:00 p.m. on election day and that Joe Biden only won Arizona by a margin of just over 10,000 votes in 2020. Verity Vote’s report contends that ballots were picked up after Election Day on Nov. 4, 5, and 6.

Verity Vote also claims that “Maricopa County withheld requested public documents for nearly seven months” and that those alleged withheld records “show 18,000 additional late ballots” that were not previously reported.

“Several contests were decided by less than 20K votes, most notably the statewide presidential race that was decided by only 10,457 votes,” the report reveals.

In April, Maricopa County was once against scrutinized for reports of election irregularities.

“The 20,000 ballots recorded as incoming from the USPS on and after November 4 were of sufficient quantity to change the result of the 2020 General Election in Arizona,” the report continues.

Additionally, while Verity Vote acknowledges that it is acceptable to receive ballots after the close of the polls in some jurisdictions, this is only allowed under special circumstances. For example, their report cites the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), allowing an exception for collecting votes for troops serving overseas.

However, the report further added that UOCAVA could not be used to “justify” counting the mail-in ballots that were late in 2020.

According to Just the News, Receipt of Delivery from the United States Postal Service shows that the nearly 20,000 ballots were picked up on Nov. 4 – the day after the election.

This is not the first time that Maricopa County has garnered the national spotlight for rumblings of rampant election fraud. In April, an official report from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich stated that the dubious reports surrounding ballot handling, voter I.D., and ballot-counting “raises questions” regarding the credibility surrounding the 2020 presidential election results.

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