Arizona Governor Explains Why He Certified Election Results

Posted: Dec 01, 2020 11:30 AM
Arizona Governor Explains Why He Certified Election Results

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Republican Governor Doug Ducey officially certified Arizona's election results on Monday, prompting backlash from Trump supporters and the President himself. 

During the certification, Trump campaign attorneys were holding an emergency election integrity hearing in downtown Phoenix. During the hearing, witnesses detailed a series of irregular voting issues and potential fraud. 

But according to Ducey, he was simply following Arizona election law -- which required him to certify results after all counties in the state certified their own votes. 

"I’ve been pretty outspoken about Arizona’s election system, and bragged about it quite a bit, including in the Oval Office. And for good reason. We’ve been doing early voting since 1992. Arizona didn’t explore or experiment this year. We didn’t cancel election day voting as some pushed for — we weren’t going to disenfranchise any voter," Ducey tweeted. "In Arizona, we have some of the strongest election laws in the country, laws that prioritize accountability and clearly lay out procedures for conducting, canvassing, and even contesting the results of an election."

"We’ve got ID at the polls. We review EVERY signature (every single one) on early ballots — by hand — unlike other states that use computers. Prohibitions on ballot harvesting. Bipartisan poll observers. Clear deadlines, including no ballots allowed after Election Day," he continued. "The problems that exist in other states simply don’t apply here. I’ve also said all along, I’m going to follow the law. So here’s what the law says. It requires the Secretary of State, in the presence of the Governor and the Attorney General, to canvass the election on the fourth Monday following the general election. That was today. This can ONLY be delayed if counties DECLINE to certify their results. ALL 15 counties in Arizona — counties run by both parties — certified their results. The canvass of the election triggers a 5-day window for any elector to bring a credible challenge to the election results in court. If you want to contest the results, now is the time. Bring your challenges. That’s the law. I’ve sworn an oath to uphold it, and I take my responsibility seriously." 

On Election Night and in the following days, Ducey repeatedly pushed back on premature calls that Biden had won the state. 

The final total shows Biden leading Trump by more than 10,000 votes.

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