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Fake election documents under new scrutiny as Trump prepares for Arizona visit

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As former President Donald Trump prepares for a visit to Arizona, there has been a renewed scrutiny of fake election voting certificates sent by Trump supporters after the 2020 election.

Trump was scheduled to hold a press conference on the first anniversary of the January 6 Capitol Uprising, but said he would address the election and riots at the January 15 rally in Florence, Arizona. Trump has continued to make unfounded claims that his 2020 election was stolen from him, with some prominent Arizona Republicans pushing the same conspiracy theory.

While Republican Gov. Doug Ducey certified Joe Biden’s election as the winner in December 2020, other party members pushed for a fake election certificate claiming that Trump had won the state, including Republican Party President Kelli Ward. of Arizona. The document was sent to the National Archives, which processes the certificates of the Electoral College before sending them to Congress.

Dr. Kelli Ward, President of the Arizona Republican Party, gives a press conference to the Maricopa County Elections Department as she reports on the progress of the post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election as observer of the test process on Wednesday.  November 18, 2020, in Phoenix.  (Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Dr. Kelli Ward, President of the Arizona Republican Party, gives a press conference to the Maricopa County Elections Department as she reports on the progress of the post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election as observer of the test process on Wednesday. November 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Arizona GOP’s official social media accounts promoted the fake documents, with a tweeted video titled “The Signature” on Dec. 14 and a YouTube video posted the next day in which Ward said the “true voters for the presidency “had met the above. day to cast their votes.

“Congress rises” Ward tweeted A few weeks later, as pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to block election certification. “Send Electoral Election Back to Legislatures.”

In addition to Arizona, Trump supporters sent fake election certificates to Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The certificates were released by the American Oversight control group last March and began circulating again this week after reports from MSNBC and Politico, as the House Committee investigating the events of January 6 continues to investigate how many efforts statewide to subvert. the elections were coordinated.

One of the 11 Republicans who signed the Arizona document was Jake Hoffman, who had just won a run for the state legislature. While Hoffman was running for office in 2020, he was banned from Twitter and the marketing company he ran was banned from Facebook for participating in what was known as a pro-Trump “troll farm” where teenagers they published in favor of Trump and promoted. conspiracy theories about elections and the coronavirus. The effort was reportedly affiliated with Turning Point USA, a major Arizona-based conservative youth organization.

Certification of Electoral College Votes for the State of Arizona is unveiled during a joint session of the House and Senate meeting to confirm the election votes cast in the November election, at the Capitol, Wednesday, January 6 2021. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Certification of Electoral College Votes for the State of Arizona opens during a joint session of the House and Senate meeting to confirm the election votes cast in the November election, at the Capitol, Wednesday, January 6 of 2021. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

With documents receiving renewed scrutiny this week, Arizona NBC affiliate KPNX asked Hoffman to sign them on Wednesday.

“So in unprecedented times, unprecedented action is … there is no jurisprudence, no precedent on whether or not an election that is being litigated in court has legitimacy,” Hoffman said. “That’s why we thought it appropriate to provide Congress and the Vice President with grieving views.”

A second group, which identified itself as the “Sovereign Citizens of the Greater Arizona State,” also sent a list of fake election votes to the National Archives, prompting a letter of resignation and resignation from the Arizona Office. Democratic Secretary of State Katie. Hobbs for his use of the official Arizona seal.

Arizona has been the zero point for election-related conspiracies, with a partisan “audit” of the vote in the populous Maricopa County that divides the state’s Republicans. At an October hearing in the U.S. House on the infamous Maricopa ballot investigation, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Refused to say Biden won the election.

Year Biggs, R-Ariz., Speaks at the Supervisory and Reform Committee hearing to evaluate the

Year Biggs, R-Ariz., Speaks during the Supervision and Reform Committee hearing to evaluate the electoral “audit” ???? in Maricopa County, Arizona, by Cyber ​​Ninjas, Inc., on Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

The belief that Biden is not a legitimate president is now a general trend among most Republicans, as a Yahoo News / YouGov poll released last week found that a large majority of Trump voters (75%) falsely believe that the election was “rigged and stolen”, while only 9 per cent of them believe that Biden “won justly”, below 13% last January.

Trump has backed candidates for top state officials who have said the 2020 election was not legitimate, including TV journalist Kari Lake for governor, who has said he would not certify election results. of 2020. He has also supported Arizona State Secretary Mark Finchem — who attended the January 6 demonstration at the Capitol — the Arizona Secretary of State. Finchem has consistently pushed for the idea that the election was stolen from Trump while supporting Maricopa’s “audit.”

“Maricopa County 2020 elections cannot be allowed to run. It must be deserted and set aside,” Finchem said at a Trump rally in Iowa in October.

Ward, Lake, Finchem and Biggs are ready to speak at the Trump rally on Saturday.




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