Arizona's Attorney General says hundreds of claims of dead people "voting" in the 2020 election have been debunked.
Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired to perform the audit of the 2020 election in Arizona, claimed 282 people voted with a deceased person's name. The firm is conducted largely by supporters of former President Donald Trump who falsely believe the election was stolen from him, the Associated Press reported.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich said nearly all the claims are unfounded.
"We received numerous complaints regarding allegations of dead voters during the 2020 elections following the completion of the Cyber Ninjas' audit. This specific complaint alleged that 282 individuals who were deceased prior to October 5, 2020, voted in the November 3, 2020 general election," Brnovich wrote in a letter to Republican Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann.
After hundreds of investigative hours, Brnovich says only one person was found actually to have been dead, and that "all other persons listed as deceased were found to be current voters."
"Our agents investigated all individuals that Cyber Ninjas reported as dead, and many were very surprised to learn they were allegedly deceased," Brnovich added.
Brnovich went on to say that the state also reviewed allegations from other sources that claimed a total of more than 6,000 dead people voted.
"Three reports were submitted to the [Attorney General's Election Integrity Unit] that combined alleged 409 dead voters," he said. "One additional report, making no distinction between dead voters and dead registrants, included 5,943 registrations."
Brnovich said the claims were investigated and resulted in only a handful of potential cases.
"Some were so absurd the names and birthdates didn't even match the deceased, and others included dates of death after the election," he said. "While our office has successfully prosecuted other instances of dead voters, these cases were ultimately determined to be isolated instances."
Immediately after President Joe Biden's victory, Brnovich vouched for the legitimacy of the election but later publicized his investigation of the Cyber Ninjas allegations as he sought Trump’s endorsement for his Senate campaign, the AP reported. Trump ended up endorsing businessman Blake Masters.
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