Was the Voter Database ‘Deleted’ in Maricopa County, Arizona?
On March 15, Donald Trump released a statement claiming that the voter database in Maricopa County, Arizona had been “deleted.”
Arizona Republicans, recycling familiar voter fraud claims, last month initiated an audit of ballots from Maricopa County, claiming that Trump won the state. The new, partisan audit has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud or, as some have claimed, produced new votes.
Trump’s statement continues with further unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud: “[S]eals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, will now be forced to look into this unbelievable Election crime.”
Trump’s accusations stem from a May 12 letter written by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to Maricopa County officials claiming, among other things, that auditors identified deleted files on a county machine, according to an Arizona Republic story reprinted in USA Today.