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Arizona Republicans Introduce Resolution to Guarantee Trump’s Election Win

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Arizona Republicans introduced a resolution on Wednesday with the aim of ensuring former President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2024 election in the state. This resolution seeks to counterbalance the removal of a Republican candidate in two other states.

Trump, currently the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is confronting legal hurdles aimed at removing him from the ballot in several states. Colorado and Maine have already prohibited his name from appearing on the primary ballot.

The lawsuits assert that Trump is ineligible to run under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This prohibits officials who have taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution from holding office if they participate in an insurrection.

In December, Colorado’s highest court determined that Trump had participated in an insurrection specifically related to the events of January 6, 2021. This was when his supporters breached the U.S. Capitol during the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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However, this ruling is currently on hold pending an appeal in the Supreme Court, which will decide if Colorado has the authority to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot. Trump has consistently maintained his innocence, denying any involvement in an insurrection and accusing those behind the lawsuits of engaging in election interference. 

In response to the decisions in Colorado and Maine to exclude him from the ballot, Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives introduced a resolution on Wednesday aimed at “altering the process of the presidential election.”

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Newsweek has contacted Republican Rep. Rachel Jones, referenced in the resolution, as well as Trump’s campaign, via email, seeking comment. According to the resolution, the proposed alteration would involve “appointing the 11 presidential electors to the Republican primary winner to counteract the removal of a Republican candidate in Colorado and Maine.”

As reported by KPNX’s Brahm Resnik, who shared the information on X (formerly Twitter), the resolution would not have any legal authority because it is not a bill. “ALERT For some Republicans at AZ Capitol, it’s still Jan. 6, 2021.

HCR2055 would let the GOP-controlled Legislature hand the election to Trump, damn the voters. It’s just a resolution, so there’s no force of law. On House Elex Committee agenda at 2 pm Weds,” Resnik posted on X.

Furthermore, Democratic Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs would need to approve the “election reform measures” listed in the resolution. These measures include voting exclusively on election day. Voting would occur by precincts with identification and proof of citizenship required. 

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Additionally, there would be a hand count of ballots in each precinct. Ballot results would only be reported from precincts after all signatures are verified. The resolution specifies no use of machines for counting and no mailed-in ballots, except for absentee ballots.

Newsweek has contacted Hobbs’s office via email for comment. The resolution further states that if Hobbs does not sign the measures, “presidential electors be appointed to protect the 2024 presidential election from another mal administered and illegally run election.” 

Notably, there is no evidence that the 2020 presidential election in Arizona was “illegally run.” The resolution is set to be reviewed by the House Election Committee on Wednesday.

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