Earlier this month, at an Arizona State Senate hearing regarding the preliminary results of a third audit of the 2020 election results, it was revealed that some of the ballots used by voters were invalidated as they were printed on the type of paper that allows bleed-through.
Not long after the state’s GOP senators made the announcement, officials with Maricopa County immediately took to social media to counter the claims of invalidated, bleed-through ballots. However, in an exclusive interview with The Western Journal, Senate President Karen Fann confirmed that in a number of cases, the wrong ballot paper was, in fact, used at some polling places.
“Well, we know for a fact from the hearing last Thursday that there is a lot of ballots out there that they marked through, and images of them. So clearly, that was misinformation when they said we only use four types of paper,” Fann told the Arizona-based conservative news outlet.
Fann was referencing the rapid response from Maricopa County election officials — most of whom are against the audit efforts — in which they attempted to fact-check claims that were made during the Arizona Senate hearing.
CLAIM: There was potential over-voting due to ink bleeding through ballots.
FACTS: If bleed through happens, it does not cause an over-vote. Elex officials program certified tabulation equipment & design ballots w/ offset columns to ensure these ballots are counted accurately.
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) July 16, 2021
Fann wrote off the Maricopa County officials’ claims that the right paper was used for ballots as “misstatements.”
“As a matter of fact, if they ran out of paper, somebody was sent down to the nearest office supply store to pick up more paper. So that in itself is, okay, obviously, that’s not secure paper. Obviously, you’re going to have bleed-throughs,” Fann said.
The Republican Senate president expressed concern over why the Maricopa County officials refuse to admit that, at the very least, there’s a problem with the ballots and the type of paper used. “But why, so why aren’t they talking to us about it? Why aren’t they saying, ‘Yeah, we do believe there could be these problems here,’ but they’re not,” Fann said.
Fann added that she believes those same officials are working “in concert” with the left-leaning media in order to “cover” any potentially critical mistakes made in the 2020 election. Only time will tell if either side is proven right, but until then, it’s crystal clear that this fight isn’t over.