“I was Arizona’s first Republican candidate for Governor to support the Arizona State Senate’s efforts to respond to 78% of Republican voters who believe the 2020 election was conducted improperly. Now, thanks to this report, we have a better idea what happened in 2020. The audit concludes that there are system vulnerabilities – especially with mail-in ballots. And it’s evident that far too many voters have lost faith in the electoral process, a clear and present threat to democracy.
“There is a lot of anger about what transpired with the 2020 campaign. In the name of public health, election offices around the country enacted significant and sudden changes to the way they distribute and process ballots, and liberal courts rubber-stamped their approval. Meanwhile, liberals in the mainstream media and Big Tech put their collective thumb on the scale by suppressing negative stories about Joe Biden and silencing conservative voices. It’s no wonder trust in the electoral system is at an all-time low.
“Before the next election, the Governor and Legislature must act to reduce opportunities for fraud and bolster confidence in election results. Necessary steps include:
- Ensuring voter ID at the polls and improved signature and other verification measures for mail-in ballots so we know voters are who they say they are;
- A prohibition on substantive changes to the way ballots are distributed, cast and counted in the 90 days preceding a primary or general election;
- Improved maintenance of the voter rolls to remove individuals who are deceased or have moved or otherwise become ineligible;
- Tighter cybersecurity for county elections technology and machinery, including strict adherence to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines;
- Preservation of vital election records so that post-election audits and reviews are possible, if needed.
“With these common sense safeguards, we can begin to rebuild confidence in the electoral process while ensuring Arizona elections are easy to vote and hard to cheat.”