Lawsuit after lawsuit in President Donald Trump and the GOP’s attempted delegitimization of the election via the courts has been a bust, and it appears their voter fraud case in Arizona, a key state that helped lead to Trump’s defeat against President-elect Joe Biden, isn’t looking too compelling either.
Trump’s campaign and Republican National Committee (RNC) have filed a lawsuit alleging poll workers in Arizona’s Maricopa County had allowed voters to submit “overvotes” (ballots that a vote counting machine has flagged as having been marked for two candidates, which can happen with smudges or other accidental markings) without review and thus potentially having those votes disqualified. The lawsuit has the contours of the debunked “Sharpiegate” conspiracy theory.
However, the attorney who is representing the county, Thomas Liddy, pointed out during a preliminary hearing that the tabulator had found fewer than 200 ballots that could potentially be overvotes.
Noting that 155,860 votes had been cast in person on Election Day in the county, Liddy stated that “of those, the tabulator only identified 180 potential overvotes on the presidential line.”
“180, that’s it,” Liddy said, asserting that there is “no possibility of systematic error” with such a small number out of over 150,000 votes.
Biden is currently ahead of Trump by 14,746 votes in Arizona.