What the audit report found…

After much anticipation, this week brought the Attorney General’s interim report on the findings of the Arizona Audit. All those who opposed the audit are doing their best, in the face of evidence to the contrary, to report what THEY want to read into the report – that there was no fraud in our elections. They are either not reading the evidence or choosing to ignore it. Key takeaways…

  • This is an interim report. There is an ongoing investigation. The report noted that there are “individuals who have been or will be prosecuted for various election crimes.”
  • It verifies many of the problems we suspected or saw with our own eyes.
  • The report lays out good recommendations for fixing the “serious vulnerabilities” – starting with our signature verification process and unmanned drop-boxes.
  • The report uncovered insufficient time for election workers to verify signatures. For example, on November 4, 2020, workers would have had 4.6 seconds per signature to verify a whopping 206,648.
  • The report explored the correlation between increased voting by early ballot but a decrease in the number of ballots rejected for incorrect signatures. That decrease began in 2018 with Adrian Fontes as Maricopa County Recorder.
  • Pima county is doing better than we are in finding signature anomalies…
  • Roughly 100,000-200,000 ballots traveled outside the proper chain of custody and in violation of the EPM (Election Procedure Manual).

I remain committed to prioritizing these fixes so that the fraud and failures of 2020 aren’t repeated in 2022.

A few quick news and legislative updates…

  • My bill (SB1162) protecting chronic pain patients passed the Senate unanimously this week and is headed to the Governor’s desk. ICYMI (start clip at 01:01:50)– the testimony from individuals suffering without appropriate treatment was heartbreaking. This bill will provide needed clarity in law.
  • After a slow week in the House chambers, I’m expecting my oversight bills improving our mental health and Division of Developmental Disability (DDD) systems for the vulnerable individuals they serve to make their way to the House floor this week…stay tuned!
  • ASH is one of them. Yet another appalling expose of the Arizona State Hospital came out this week as AZ Family News pulled back the curtain on what’s happening there – and a key fix is finally on its way. Senator Gowan’s bill (SB1716) transfers accountability and oversight from DHS (Dept. of Health) to an independent governing board. It’s fundamental – The entity that licenses an entity like the State Hospital shouldn’t be charged with running and overseeing it!

Federal News on the Border…unbelievably, the Biden Administration is rescinding Title 42 despite their acknowledgement this will send an influx of illegal immigrants to an already overwhelmed and chaotic border. Title 42 was a Trump era policy enacted during COVID-19 as a protection and allowed the immediate expulsion of most illegal migrants at the border. Our AG has joined other states in suing.

What district are you in? If you’re still trying to figure it  out post-redistricting, check out this handy map my team put together of new districts 2,3 and 4!

In closing, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I hope this recent message, “The Goodness of God,” from our Pastor David Stockton at Living Streams Church in Phoenix, encourages you as it did me. May this week of reflection and thanksgiving re-center our hearts on the true hope that will never fail us.

Quote Worth Re-Quoting
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

For freedom,

Nancy Barto