/ Modified jun 7, 2019 1:37 p.m.

Arizona attorney general gets $530,000 to investigate election fraud

A spokesman says the effort isn't an attempt to find support for Republican claims of election malfeasance.

Vote here UA A voting location sign at the University of Arizona, 2018.

PHOENIX — Arizona's attorney general is hiring four people dedicated to investigating alleged voter fraud.

The project comes amid accusations of widespread malfeasance in elections leveled without evidence by President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

But GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich isn't setting out to find support for those claims. Rather, his spokesman says Brnovich wants to give people confidence in the outcome of elections, even if that means his new investigators find little or no wrongdoing.

The budget signed this week by Gov. Doug Ducey includes $530,000 for the project.

Democratic election officials are cautiously on board. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes say they support efforts to improve confidence in elections.

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