By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
ARIZONA State Representative Mark Finchem has put a resolution to the State Legislature calling for the 2020 general elections in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties to be set aside based on “clear and convincing evidence that the elections in those counties were irredeemably compromised”.
Finchem, who is running for Secretary of State, says the questions first raised over a year ago by the State Senate’s audit of the 2020 election allegedly won by Joe Biden, persisted. “Evidence and testimony collected since November 3, 2020, has reached the point of clear and convincing and is now in the hands of the Arizona Attorney General for action.”
Finchem’s action was followed by news that the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has warned state election officials that electronic voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems in at least 16 states have serious issues leaving them vulnerable to hacking.
The CISA warning is based on a report by University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman, who says election officials should go back to using hand-marked paper ballots because computers are at high risk for hacking and require a heightened level of security.
US mainstream media, which since late 2020 has repeatedly reported Trump’s election fraud allegations as “debunked”, “unproven” and “baseless” is now in panic mode, trying to downplay the now clearly evident reality of organised election fraud in multiple states.
The 2020 general election audit by the state senate 18 months ago found, among other issues, 34,448 duplicate ballots cast by 17,126 unique voters in Maricopa County. Biden allegedly won by just over 10,000 votes. In Yuma County authorities are now investigating 16 vote fraud cases involving impersonation, false registrations, duplicate voting, and absentee ballot fraud connected to recent primary elections.
Meanwhile a former Democrat mayor of St Luis Arizona, Guillermina Fuentes, has pleaded guilty to various charges involving vote harvesting, whereby immigrants and others are given “voting assistance” and ballots are filled in without them making an informed choice. Democrats are notorious for a variety of abuses of this system, which is fed by legal and illegal immigrants and homeless people.
The typically Democrat-inclined Arizona media has played down the prosecution, with Az Central commenting “there’s no sign her illegal ballot collection went beyond the small-town politics Fuentes was involved in”. Fuentes was more likely playing the low-level Democrat election-meddling role common across all jurisdictions in the US.
In Georgia an organisation called VoteGA found video footage from 100 ballot drop-off boxes in the state had been illegally destroyed. This affected the integrity of some 1.7 million votes. In Wisconsin criminal charges against five election commissioners were recommended by Racine County sheriff but the county DA would not pursue prosecution “because none of them live in her county and she doesn’t have jurisdiction”.
In Michigan in December 2020 Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf and the Barry County Sheriff’s Office sued the state’s Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the director of the Bureau of Elections, the State Police and two troopers. Charges included interfering, obstructing and covering up election fraud investigations, machine voting, ballot harvesting and trafficking. But a court ruled against Sheriff Leaf on legal technicalities.
It was one of many cases, including VoteGA’s recent case, brought to the courts and dismissed, usually because of technicalities ruled by Democrat-appointed judges or other judges simply unwilling to face media and political backlash if cases proceeded
Back in Arizona, The Attorney General Mark Brnovich reported that an Election Integrity Unit review uncovered instances of election fraud by individuals who have been or will be prosecuted for various election crimes.
Local reporter Laurie Roberts of Az Central actually mocked the report because it cited only nine actual cases of fraud. But she ignored the report’s references to other systemic issues being investigated. “So. Nine cases of election fraud. Out of 3.4 million votes cast,” Roberts wrote. “Something’s widespread, all right, and rather fragrant, as well. But it isn’t fraud.”
Finchem, in the face of denials, said there was in fact valid constitutional and statutory grounds for a state to set aside election results and the critics were clearly disregarding longstanding jurisprudence.
He said Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the US Constitution provided for states to appoint, “in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct”, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.
He also noted a Supreme Court of the US statement: “Whatever provisions may be made by statute, or by the state constitution, to choose electors by the people, there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power at any time.” Finchem further noted that a significant common law principle was that actions taken as the result of fraud or illegality were “void ab initio”, and can be rescinded (United States v. Bradley).
“In the case of Maricopa, Pima and Yuma Counties, the fact that there is evidence showing illegal acts occurred, whether by intent or omission does not matter, the margin of error exceeds the margin of victory,” Finchem stated in a media release.
“If we are a nation governed by the ‘rule of law,’ as we so often espouse, then violations of the law must have consequences. In that regard, the 2020 General Election is irredeemably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.” Finchem was elected to the state Legislature in 2015 and is now in his fourth and final term.
He graduated with distinction from Grand Canyon University (private) with a BA in State and Local Public Policy, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in law and economics at the University of Ariz