Pulitzer highlighted the massive election fraud during the 2020 elections that propelled President Joe Biden to the White House during the show's Jan. 13 episode. The polls, which took place at the height of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, saw at least 75 percent of Americans participate in absentee voting due to concerns regarding virus transmission.
He pointed out that Runbeck, the official company hired for ballot printing and mailing for the November 2020 elections, ordered the most number of ballot sorting machines as early as March 1.
"How did they do that? The first time we really had to stay home and not go to public events was [Fourth of July] weekend [in 2020]," Pulitzer said. "Maricopa County has basically 2.5 million potential voters. Why did the official ballot printer print almost 4.1 million ballots just for the county?"
Aside from the ballots, Pulitzer also recounted the "Sharpie-gate" controversy to Swinick. Several voters in the county used it to mark ballots, but this rendered their ballots unreadable as the ink bled through the other side.
"Here's how bad it is. In 126,000 ballots affected by bleed-throughs, they had 2.1 million extra votes on them. That'd be like you drew dots all over the page. They needed a time hack and asked for extra days to count ballots."
Swinick added that things became even worse in the 2022 midterms. People seemed to have forgotten what happened and thought that things would get better – but they did not.
"They've got two more years of knowing the system to manipulate and add protocols and procedures. When the midterms came in November, they've almost perfected the fraud," she said.
Pulitzer mentioned that in the trial involving Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, it was revealed that "tens of thousands" of early ballots with mismatched signatures were counted. Some were even counted despite having no signatures. Under election law, five signatures are required.(Related: Kari Lake refuses to concede Arizona governor election results, prepares to fight fraud with lawsuit.)
"A lot of the envelopes in Maricopa in both elections in 2020 and 2022 weren't signed and they let them go through. That's not supposed to be allowed," he said. "We also caught the fact that election workers are signing some of those envelopes. Now that's a big smoking gun that needs to be pursued because that is an intentional act by an election worker to get the ballot to go through."
However, on Dec. 24, 2022, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled against Lake in her challenge of Governor-elect Katie Hobbs's victory, dismissing the highest-profile case challenging the midterm election results.
The Arizona judge previously dismissed eight other counts alleged in Lake’s lawsuit prior to trial, ruling that they did not constitute proper grounds for an election contest under Arizona law, even if true.
Before the year ended, Lake filed a notice of appeal to contest the dismissal of the two counts that went to court for a two-day trial as well as other counts that never made it to trial.
"I am standing up for the people of this state, the people who were done wrong on election day and the millions of people who live outside of Maricopa County, whose vote was watered down by this bogus election in Maricopa County," Lake said in an appearance on Steve Bannon’s "War Room" podcast.
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