“We are going to turn over every rock looking for slime that is infecting our election integrity,” Ward told the outlet.
The issues she noted include questions about out-of-state voters casting ballots, deceased people voting, and concerns that some people’s votes were not being counted.
“We have questions whether ballots that were pushed through the machine by the poll workers pushing the green button to override protections have actually been counted,” she said.
“We have evidence and complaints of people that do not live in Arizona, but they’re being notified by the elections department ‘Thank you for voting,’“ she said, adding, ”We have evidence of people who have passed away casting ballots.”
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden held his lead in Arizona after all precincts reported in on Saturday, showing the challenger 10,377 votes ahead of President Donald Trump, a difference of 0.3 percentage points. An automatic recount is triggered in Arizona if the margin is within 0.1 percent or 200 votes, whichever is the smaller number. State law does not allow recounts to be requested.
Ward, in her remarks to Newsmax, insisted the presidential election is “far from over,” adding, “Arizona is in this fight.”
“It isn’t about giving the election to President Donald J. Trump,” she said. “It’s about assuring the people of Arizona and the people of America that our elections are valid and that we can move forward from 2020 into the future without reservation,” she added.
Officials in Maricopa County have carried out a mandatory hand count audit on the basis of Election Day ballots from two percent of vote centers and one percent of early ballots. Following the audit, they said no evidence was found of voter fraud, misconduct, or equipment malfunction and gave assurances the voting system is accurate and the election reliable.
Clint Hickman, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in a Nov. 17 letter that “proper steps have been taken to ensure a full and accurate count of all votes,” including functionality and accuracy testing of tabulation equipment and a hand count audit of a representative sampling of votes that “yielded a 100 percent match to the results” produced by vote counting machines.
Trump and his campaign have claimed widespread election fraud, filing a raft of legal challenges that are at various stages of settlement.
Powell has said the president’s legal team has been receiving a flood of evidence concerning voter fraud and other irregularities. While she has not detailed the evidence, she claims to have enough proof to launch a widespread criminal investigation and that, “we’re getting ready to overturn election results in multiple states.”
Dominion Voting Systems has denied several times to media outlets that its software and devices are not secure or that they were used to switch votes.
Hickman said election officials in Maricopa County considered “many theories” about the election results, adding that “none of these theories have proven true or raised the possibility the outcome of the election would be different.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the coalition said in the statement, and called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”