In a unanimous vote, the Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Board voted on Tuesday to approve a resolution rejecting the certification of the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. Modeled after a similar resolution passed by the Texas Republican Party last weekend as part of its platform, the board urges the Arizona Republican Party to pass it and the Arizona Legislature to take steps to decertify.
Brian Ference, who serves on the board as member at large, drafted the resolution after the documentary 2,000 Mules came out, concerned that it exposed massive election fraud through ballot harvesting. He told The Arizona Sun Times, “It’s clearer than ever that Joe Biden and his regime should not have won.”
The resolution laid out the reasoning, which declares solidarity with the Texas resolution and its finding that the election “violated Article 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution, that various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple incorrect ways, including allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020.”
It also contains the same language stating that “acting president Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States” and “substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.”
The resolution added a reference to the “significant inconsistencies and discrepancies” of the Maricopa County independent ballot audit, and stated, “The 2000 Mules documentary irrefutably proves election fraud occurred in Maricopa County during the 2020 Election in the form of ballot trafficking through drop boxes.”
It concluded, “We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States. We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and correct all fraud and weaknesses identified in the 2020 Election.”
The resolution will be put up for a vote of the full MCRC Executive Governance Committee on July 7, and circulated among all Republican precinct committee members to be brought up for a vote in their legislative districts.
Ference said part of what prompted him to propose the resolution was the emergence of continued red flags regarding election integrity. The information regarding unmonitored ballot drop boxes in Maricopa County keeps changing, he said, and there is one location in Mesa near a detention center where there are reportedly no cameras. In Pima County, there are 10 locations where poll watchers will not be allowed since there is supposedly not enough room, he said.
Arizona Republicans submitted an alternate Republican slate of electors after the 2020 election, which included Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward and her husband. Although it was not accepted, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House committee investigating the raucous protest at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 issued subpoenas for some of those electors, including Ward’s cellphone records.
A Rasmussen Reports poll from last fall found that 56 percent of likely voters believe fraud affected the results of the 2020 presidential election. A poll conducted last year by the public affairs consulting group High Ground found that 78 percent of Arizona Republicans believe there was significant fraud in the 2020 election.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott), who ordered the independent Maricopa County ballot audit, said last month that decertification is an option if Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich “finds huge differences in the vote count.” In April, Brnovich released an interim report from his investigation into the results of the audit, which found that 100,000 to 200,000 ballots lacked a chain of custody.
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Rachel Alexander is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Rachel on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
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