Democrat 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.
In Arizona, an automatic recount is triggered 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. The difference between the two candidates is 0.3 percentage points.
The Trump campaign and Republican allies have filed a series of lawsuits in battleground states, including in Arizona.
The Arizona GOP argued that hand-counting by precinct “would therefore potentially result in a more precise sampling of votes.”
Meanwhile, a judge has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking the inspection of ballots in metro Phoenix after the campaign’s lawyers acknowledged the small number of ballots at issue wouldn’t change the outcome of how the state voted for president.
The campaign had sought a postponement of Maricopa County’s certification of election results until ballots containing overvotes—instances in which people voted for more candidates than permitted—were inspected.
On Nov. 12, Trump pressed for an audit of Arizona’s vote tallies.
“From 200,000 votes to less than 10,000 votes,” Trump wrote on Twitter, presumably in reference to showing Biden’s lead in the state dwindling. “If we can audit the total votes cast, we will easily win Arizona also!”
Townsend, a Republican who serves the 16th Legislative District, said she has a “long list of things that are questionable,” and that hundreds of Arizonians have contacted her over perceived irregularities and concerns over the integrity of the state’s election process.
“We need an audit and a recount—there are too many uncertainties and until we do that, I don’t think there’s enough confidence to have a healthy election in the future,” she told The Epoch Times. “We need to reassure the people that their vote counted because right now it is chaos.”
Townsend said she has “no faith” in the state’s election process, adding that “the vote should not be certified under these circumstances.”
“The biggest issue is voter confidence,” she added. “If you don’t have voter confidence, you have big problems—and we don’t have voter confidence.”
Thousands of Arizonians have rallied peacefully across downtown Phoenix over the past week over what they see as a lack of transparency and a fraudulent and corrupt election process.