Maricopa County

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 A report released this week in Arizona’s largest county falsely claims to have uncovered some 173,000 “lost” votes and 96,000 “ghost votes” in a private door-to-door canvassing effort, supposedly rendering the 2020 election in Maricopa County “uncertifiable.”

But its conclusions aren’t supported by any evidence, according to county election officials and outside election experts, who called the report’s methods “quasi-science” and its findings inaccurate.

State health officials say there have been 36 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus so far this season with one fatality. Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials said today the person who died was an older adult who also had other health conditions. Officials say adults over age 60 and those with chronic health conditions are more at risk for serious complications from the West Nile virus although younger people also can get the mosquito-borne disease.  Last year, Maricopa County had three West Nile cases involving humans and one death.

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Arizona’s attorney general says Maricopa County must turn over everything the state Senate wants for its review of the 2020 election results or lose all its state funding. 

  

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The CEO of the cybersecurity firm conducting the state Senate’s partisan audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County and other team members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Arizona’s largest county is demanding the state Senate pay $2.8 million to cover the costs of replacing vote-counting machines that the state’s top election official says can't be used again because of their handling during the Senate Republicans’ 2020 election review. Maricopa County’s GOP-controlled Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to seek reimbursement for machines that Senate Republicans gave to contractors led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the machines were compromised because they were given to people not certified to handle them.

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The leader of an investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin traveled to Arizona last week to learn about the audit done there and was attendeding a symposium on election fraud Thursday in South Dakota headed by MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell.

Associated Press | Matt York

 Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy.

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Heat deaths are edging up in Arizona's largest county during an unusually hot, early start to the state's sizzling summer. 

  

Officials in Arizona’s largest county are investigating 53 suspected heat deaths during a weeklong hot spell earlier this month.

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The Arizona Senate late Wednesday gave an initial OK to boosting the daily expense pay that lawmakers who live outside of Maricopa receive during the legislative session.

The Senate in a voice vote agreed to raise the per diem rate for rural lawmakers to the one federal employees receive when they travel to Phoenix for business.

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