Arizona Republican Party Offers $50,000 Reward for Evidence of Vote Buying in 2022 Election

The Arizona Republican Party announced last week that it would reward anyone who provides evidence of vote buying in the 2022 election a $50,000 reward, with up to two rewards. The evidence must lead to an arrest and conviction.

The press release explains how vote buying occurs, usually with mail-in ballots since they are not kept secret. “Unfortunately,” the AZGOP said, “the movement towards mass mail-in voting completely undoes secret ballot reform. Mail-in ballots are not secret – once a person has a ballot in their home, they can easily show it to anyone, including bad actors.”

The AZGOP said there was a “historical precedent” of “vote-buying fraud,” and cited the “significant” alleged ballot trafficking revealed in Dinesh D’Souza’s 2000 Mules documentary. “We suspect that the primary source of the trafficked ballots was vote-trafficking.”

Buying votes is a class 5 felony in Arizona. A.R.S. 16-1006 is broadly written, prohibiting the influence of someone’s vote in several ways, including through bribery, threats, and deception.

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