Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images A voter displays their mail-in ballot envelope as they arrive to cast their ballot in the US presidential election at an early voting location in Phoenix, Arizona on October 16, 2020.
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A Scottsdale woman has been indicted for allegedly casting a vote for her deceased mother in the November 2020 election, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. 

The woman, Tracey Kay McKee, signed the name of her mother, who passed away on Oct. 5, 2020, on an early ballot envelope before returning it in the general election, according to the indictment.

All early ballot signatures are checked and verified against a matching signature on file from past elections, according to county protocols. Some Arizonans with mismatched signatures were called by county election workers during the 2020 election to verify that they signed their ballots and explain why a signature may not match.

This case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office’s Election Integrity Unit (EIU), which investigates reports of voter- and election-related fraud.

The indictment comes as supporters of former President Donald Trump, in the months following the November election, have made unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. The claims have resulted in an audit of Maricopa County’s election results, ordered by the Arizona State Senate and led by a Florida cybersecurity firm whose CEO has promoted conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

McKee is registered as a Republican, according to voting records from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Despite the allegations of fraud, the Attorney General’s Office EIU only has five active election-related criminal cases in Superior Courts statewide.

McKee will appear in Maricopa County Superior Court for the charges on Aug. 11.