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In Yuma County, Arizona, voter fraud has been a “prevalent problem,” Yuma County Recorder Robyn Stallworth Pouquette, who oversees voter registration and early voting for the county, told The Epoch Times.
“Our primary is Aug. 2. We have received registration forms that are fraudulently completed,” she said to the outlet. “It’s been a prevalent problem in Yuma County, and it’s very unfortunate.”
Pouquette’s allegations follow the revelation that the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating 16 cases of voter fraud, including impersonation fraud, duplicate voting, fraudulent use of absentee ballots, and false registrations.
According to The Epoch Times, Pouquette was unable to provide names due to the ongoing investigations, but she did confirm that many of those cases involved nonprofit organizations or “political advocacy groups” operating on a national scale.
“It is very difficult to identify who is submitting these fraudulent forms,” Pouquette reportedly said. “But I am aware of activities of third-party groups, and I shared that information with the sheriff’s office.”
Prior to elections, such third-party groups often assist with getting voters registered – a practice that Pouquette noted, if unregulated, could be more harmful than helpful.
“I believe it’s a vulnerability of the system, in the sense that fraudulent voter registrations can disrupt the legitimate active registration of an eligible voter,” she told The Epoch Times. “It is a very disruptive process for the office when we should be focusing on audits and making sure that we’re auditing our records prior to the distribution of ballots.”
Pouquette also noted that, for many individuals, she had received multiple registrations – a problem in many other states. For instance, in New Jersey, more than 8,000 duplicate voters were recently discovered on the voter rolls.
Since “2000 Mules” was released, the outcry over the vulnerability of U.S. elections has grown, with many calling for investigations like those currently taking place in Arizona.
As the midterm elections draw nearer and more troubling information is unearthed, many voters will undoubtedly be wondering just how secure their votes are as they head to the polls this November.