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Secretary of state attorney asks judge to dismiss lawsuit over Arizona voter rolls

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Sky Schaudt/KJZZ
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Arizona voters turned out in near-record numbers on Aug. 4, 2020.

An attorney for Arizona’s top election official is asking a judge to toss a lawsuit claiming hundreds of thousands of ineligible voters are registered statewide.

The suit alleges Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes is not pruning voter rolls.

Assistant Attorney General Kara Karlson pointed out that state GOP chair Gina Swoboda claims at least 500,000 people who have either died or moved out of state are currently on voter rolls.

But Swoboda’s lawsuit also says there could be over a million.

In new filings, Karlson said that means those bringing the lawsuit are guessing, which is not a basis to sue. She added that any purging of voter rolls based on speculation is illegal.

For years, GOP lawmakers and party officials have claimed election outcomes are being influenced by ineligible voters.