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Law requires that all ballots be received by the county no later than 7pm on
Election Day in order for them to be counted and valid1. However, review of
Maricopa County 2020 General Election records shows that more than 20,000 ballots were
the United States Postal Service (USPS) after that deadline.
Vote obtained delivery receipts from the county that show USPS ballots were re-ceived on November 4, 5 and 6. Any ballots not rejected are accepted by default
and tabulated into the election results. Arizona law is clear that it is not an
issue of the ballot
postmark but the receipt of the ballot by the county prior to 7pm on Election
Day. Maricopa County reported that they rejected only 934 ballots due to lateness
(Fig. 1). This leaves over 19K received ballots that show no evidence of rejection.
According to Arizona law, these ballots should have been rejected.
Figure 1: The Early Voting
Rejections Summary shows 934 ballots rejected as Late Returns.
Incoming USPS ballot packets are
picked up by the County on a route driven at least daily. For efficiency, a Maricopa County Election Department employee starts
the route from the County’s Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC) carrying some ballot
packets already in the County’s possession (those previously gathered from drop boxes
and vote .1
Public Records Withheld
Vote made numerous attempts to obtain the missing document(s). Several calls were made seeking the November 4th records. On March 21st,
2022, a follow-up email was sent to Celia (redacted), Assistant Director of Early
Voting for Maricopa County to determine if a document had been created for the missing date. No response was received. On April 8, 2022, a new PRR was
submitted requesting the missing Receipt of Delivery records for November 4th.
After numerous delays,
multiple follow up emails, and phone calls, county employees informed Verity Vote that
records were with legal counsel pending review. Eleven days later, on May 19th, 2022,
documents were finally approved for release by the County attorney and provided by MC
Recorder’s Office.It took nearly seven months to get the documents only to be
informed that the
documents provided ”do not represent the complete universe of MC
Inbound Receipt of De-livery forms from November 4, 2020.” The MC Recorder also
wrote that they are unable to produce the other documents because they, ”cannot be certain,
but we believe that the remainder of these forms were transferred to the Treasurer’s
Office.” If there are indeed additional forms for 11/4 then the number of USPS late mail
ballots could be much higher than 20K.
They are continuing to withhold records claiming that they
are stored with the official returns 2. It is unclear why the Recorder
would have transferred these record to the treasurer.The records in the treasurer’s custody can only be examined
with a court order. Therefore,
Verity Vote can only report that the minimum number is 20,500
late USPS ballot packets.Read More