Brnovich’s office spent months investigating allegations that 282 people who died before Oct. 5, 2020, voted in the Nov. 3 general election, his letter says. Only one had died, he wrote.
“After spending hundreds of hours reviewing these allegations, our investigators were able to determine that only one of the 282 people on the list had died at the time of the election,” he wrote.
The rest were alive and determined to be current voters.
“Our agents have investigated all of the individuals Cyber Ninjas have reported as dead and many were very surprised to learn that they were allegedly deceased,” he wrote.
Spokespersons for Cyber Ninjas and Fann did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Brnovich wrote that his Election Integrity Unit also received reports of hundreds of other dead voters from other sources. A separate report submitted to the Attorney General’s office did not distinguish between deceased voters and deceased registrants.
“Once again, these allegations have been thoroughly investigated and have only resulted in a handful of potential cases,” the letter states. “Some were so absurd that the names and birth dates didn’t even match the deceased, and others included death dates after the election.”
While he supported the authority of the state senate to conduct scrutiny of the ballot, claims of “voters largely dead in the senate audit and other complaints…are insufficient and unsubstantiated”.
Brnovich’s letter comes a day before the Arizona primary election, where he is vying for the Republican nomination for the US Senate. Trump, who did not endorse him, criticized him for not doing enough to get to the bottom of his baseless allegations of widespread fraud which he says led to his downfall.
Brnovich served as a witness to certify the 2020 election results and later blamed Trump’s loss on unpopularity. Brnovich’s GOP rivals have accused him of dragging out his investigation in an effort to curry favor with Trump supporters. Brnovich maintained that he would take all the time necessary at his office to investigate.