By Duncan Smith

Anyone who seriously believed that the results of the presidential election outcome were going to be changed in Arizona following the much-watched ballot audit there was just too…hopeful.

There was no way that was ever going to happen, regardless of how obvious the fraud was in Donald Trump’s favor.

There is no constitutional process for changing electoral votes after they’ve been certified. Which is why Trump was pushing his vice president, Mike Pence, not to do so until audits could be performed.

In any event, it is important to get to the truth, and that’s what happened in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

If anything, the audit identified systemic issues that, in a close election, can sway it one way or another.

And that’s exactly what happened.

The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland reports:

As broadly reported, the audit established 'there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official canvass results for the County.' Maricopa County, which represents Arizona's most populous county thanks to its county seat of Phoenix, had provided Biden a 45,000-vote advantage in the state, propelling Biden to a victory by 10,457 votes. So the media presented the recount as confirming Biden's victory in the state.

Left unmentioned, however, were the numerous findings of problems with the election and, most significantly, evidence indicating tens of thousands of ballots were illegally cast or counted. A report entitled 'Compliance with Election Laws and Procedures,' issued by Senate Audit Liaison Ken Bennett, highlighted several issues, of which two were particularly significant because of the number of votes involved. …

These statutory provisions and procedures prove significant because the audit revealed that 15,035 mail-in votes in Maricopa County were from voters who had moved prior to the registration deadline, another 6,591 mail-in-votes came from voters who had moved out of Arizona prior to the registration deadline, and 1,718 mail-in votes came from voters who moved within Arizona but out of Maricopa prior to the registration deadline.

One of three scenarios seems possible here: First, the mail-in ballot was delivered to the old address and then provided to the named voter, who had only temporarily relocated. Such votes would be legal and entirely proper.

Second, the mail-in ballot was delivered to the old address and then provided to the named voter, who had permanently moved, but failed to timely update his registration record yet signed an affidavit attesting to a false address of residence. Such votes would be illegal.

Or third, the mail-in ballot was delivered to the old address, and then someone other than the named voter cast the vote. Such votes would be both illegal and fraudulent.

Neither Maricopa County nor the state of Arizona knows how many of these 23,000-plus votes fall within each of these three scenarios. And that's a problem.

Yes, it is. Now — what is the GOP-controlled legislature going to do about it ahead of the next election, a year away?

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