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Arizona Election Witness admits Trump marketing campaign attorney's affiliate accomplice in court docket – Newsweek

A witness in a case brought up by Donald Trump's campaign over the election results in Arizona has admitted to being the associate of the attorney who argued the president's case.

Zack Alcyone admitted being the employee of Trump campaign legal representative Kory Langhofer during a hearing in Maricopa County Thursday, specialized legal news website Law and Crime reported.

The couple are listed on the company's website as co-founders of Phoenix-based software company Signafide.

Adam Klasfeld, a post-Maricopa County law and crime reporter for the website, pointed out the revelation in a series of posts on Twitter.

Developments came when the court weighed allegations made by Trump's campaign and backed by the Arizona Republican Party and Republican National Committee that election officials in Maricopa County routinely disregarded procedures designed to allow voters to correct election errors during the Jan. November to correct.

The lawsuit made tabulation machines for claims that rejected some ballots due to ink stains on the ballot papers and either pushed election officials or asked voters to press a green button on such devices to overwrite the error, which resulted in a Series of ballot papers were ignored.

Trump's legal team initially said there could potentially be thousands of votes for the president in the polls in question, but later went back and suggested the number would be lower.

Almost immediately after the trial began Thursday, Langhofer insisted that the campaign's legal team "did not claim fraud" or suggested "that someone is stealing the election," local news website Arizona Central reported.

Instead, Langhofer insisted that plaintiffs only raised concerns about a "limited number of cases" in Maricopa County relating to "errors in good faith".

Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate at a Stop the Steal rally outside the Maricopa County Electoral Department office on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The legal team defending Maricopa County's election officials has denied the campaign's allegations during the trial, arguing that the Trump campaign is actually seeking a recount.

Arizona state electoral laws do not allow recounts unless the gap between competing candidates is 200 votes or less, or one-tenth of one percent of all votes cast, whichever is less.

Scott Jarrett, election day and emergency election director for Maricopa County, spoke in court on Thursday that he was not aware of any cases of November 3 poll workers inappropriately pressing the override button, Associated Press reported.

The legal back and forth came as several news outlets projected a victory for President-elect Joe Biden in Arizona on Thursday, signaling historic change in a state long considered a Republican stronghold.

The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Reuters, and NBC News named the race for Biden, who received 49.4 percent of the vote in the state, compared to 49.1 percent that Trump won, a difference of more than 11,000 votes.

Biden's victory marks him as the first Democrat to win Grand Canyon State since Bill Clinton won it in the 1996 election, and only the second of his party to win there since World War II.

Maricopa County, a fast-growing corner of the state that is home to Phoenix and roughly 60 percent of the total population, was key to Biden's victory.

Its attractiveness has been increased in part by a changing population, with the number of Latino voters increasing.

Biden's victory in Arizona, meanwhile, secured him an additional 11 votes for the electoral college, bringing his total to 290, well over the 270 he needed to take the White House.

Trump has yet to admit defeat, however, and has made repeated unsubstantiated claims that the election was marred by widespread fraud.

The Republican President's campaign has filed votes against the number of votes in a number of states, but some of the cases have already been dismissed by judges.

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