Candidate Announces Election Integrity Law Prioritization As Governor & Calls On Senate To Request Statewide Audit & Canvass
Phoenix – Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon today issued the following statement in advance of an election audit report requested by the Arizona Senate:
“Arizonans need to have confidence in our elections. The upcoming release of results of the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County will outline a number of serious discrepancies and will further demonstrate why people are questioning last year’s election results and the integrity of Arizona’s electoral systems.
“The clear discrepancies in Maricopa County demand a statewide forensic audit, including a thorough statewide canvass. It is hard to believe the serious concerns in Maricopa County are not also present in the remaining 14 counties. I call on the Arizona State Senate to immediately begin the process of requesting an audit and canvass to be undertaken throughout the entire state of Arizona so we can get to the bottom of what occurred on Election Day 2020. We also have to ensure we are able to identify and address the problems taking place in Arizona’s elections.
“That is why I released the ‘Arizona Voter Bill of Rights’ last month in order to address election integrity issues, many of which already exist in the public domain.
“I want to make clear that my first piece of legislation as governor will be the ‘Arizona Voter Bill of Rights.’ I will not sign any other bills, including the state budget, until additional, enhanced election protections are made law consistent with the ideas in the ‘Arizona Voter Bill of Rights.’
“Nothing is more important than our democracy and fighting to re-instill confidence in Arizona’s electoral systems. This is critical to our entire state irrespective of political affiliation. I will not equivocate on this issue under any circumstance.”