Washington, Nov 30, 2020 (AFP) – The state of Arizona officially certified Joe Biden’s victory in the United States presidential election today, consolidating the Democrat’s success against Donald Trump, who has yet to admit defeat.
“Today we signed the 2020 Arizona election certification,” tweeted Doug Ducey, the state’s Republican governor who entered the Democratic camp for the first time in almost 25 years.
Biden won a narrow victory, by a margin of 10,457 votes, in a state in which nearly 3.5 million voters voted.
Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, responsible for electoral operations, said the election was “conducted with transparency, precision and fairness … despite several unfounded claims to the contrary”.
Arizona also certified the victory of Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly so that “he can be sworn in as soon as possible,” said Ducey.
The certification communicated on Monday does not necessarily mean the end of the Republicans’ appeals in court, as this state allows the results to be contested even after they have been validated.
Trump’s campaign team has so far tried unsuccessfully to hinder the results certification process in key states won by Biden by challenging them in court.
The only state that has yet to validate the election results is Wisconsin, whose certification is likely to take place on Monday.