Two Arizona Republicans on their fight over election facts – 60 Minutes

In Arizona, the race for governor and the battle to oversee the state’s elections are tight with two weeks to go until Election Day. The latest polls show Republican Kari Lake narrowly leading Democrat Katie Hobbs to become the state’s next governor. Hobbs, the current Arizona secretary of state, will be replaced by Democrat Adrian Fontes or Republican State Representative Mark Finchem.

In both races, Republican candidates challenged the accuracy of the 2020 presidential election during the campaign trail. As a correspondent for 60 Minutes Scott Pelley reported on Sunday, to date, no credible evidence has been presented in Arizona to support the allegations of widespread voter fraud.

The person charged with investigating allegations of voter fraud in Arizona is Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Brnovich, a lifelong Republican, voted for Mr Trump in 2020 and told 60 Minutes his office is all-out investigating the leads that were sent to his office.

“There was no one in this country who wanted more than me to find evidence of fraud,” Brnovich told Pelley. “But I thought it was important to consistently go through this and say ‘no’ these are the facts, these are the evidence, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but when you are a real prosecutor, when you are the real government, there is a higher obligation – you can’t afford to be sloppy.”

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Brnovich told 60 Minutes his office investigated allegations of: dead people voting, injected votes in Pima County and many other allegations regarding the 2020 election. The Attorney General said none of the investigations exposed widespread voter fraud in Arizona.

That finding was echoed by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates. As president, Gates is responsible for helping oversee elections in Arizona’s most populous county. The lifelong Republican told 60 Minutes that election deniers should learn about the vote counting process.

“I have no problem with people asking questions,” Gates told 60 Minutes. “What I have a problem with is people asking questions in bad faith. And when we answer those questions clearly, and when we debunk those conspiracy theories, those Holocaust deniers keep spreading lies. That’s what bothers me.”

Following the 2020 election, Maricopa County hired two companies certified by the United States Election Assistance Commission to perform a forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment. They published the independent reviews online. The audit found the machines were accurate, never connected to the internet, and showed no evidence of tampering.

In an effort to establish transparency during the 2022 midterms, the Maricopa County Department of Elections has live video feeds for the public to watch as the election process unfolds. This includes streams of ballot boxes and tabulation centers.

Gates told 60 Minutes that he wants to avoid an election cycle that bears similarities to 2020 and hopes the transparency measures taken by Maricopa County will give people confidence in the accuracy of the 2022 midterms, regardless of be the result.

“This democracy is in jeopardy,” Gates said. “We need an election in which people can feel good and confident. And that’s why my colleagues and I are here to tell the truth, to tell the details of our electoral system. [And] all the safeguards we have in place, all the testing, all the audits, so people can trust. Because unfortunately, people who don’t know much about elections continue to spread lies, and it tears at the foundation of our democracy.”

You can watch Scott Pelley’s full report on Arizona’s 2022 midterm elections below.

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