“Arizona’s new attorney general uses part of the election process to strengthen civil rights” #ELB

The Guardian:

A unit created under the former attorney general Republican d Arizona the investigation of election fraud claims will now focus on voting rights and opportunities under the new Democratic attorney general.

Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes told the Guardian that instead of prosecuting voter fraud, he would “reprioritize the mission and resources” of the unit to focused on “protecting voting rights and combating voter suppression”. Mayes won the attorney general race in November against opposition candidate Abe Hamadah only 280 votesa race that went to a state-ordered recount.

“Under my predecessor’s administration, the election integrity unit conducted extensive investigations into voter fraud and found little evidence of this occurring in Arizona,” Mayes said in a statement. “This is because cases of voter fraud are extremely rare.”

Mayes also plans for the group to work on protecting election workers, who are facing threats of violence and intimidation. And he hopes for the unit to protect the right of Arizonans to vote by mail, which has been attacked by Republican lawmakers and the state GOP in recent years even though it is the most popular way for Arizonans of all political parties. to make their votes.

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