Grand jury indicts 18 in alleged Arizona fake elector scheme to re-elect Trump

By Thomson Reuters Apr 24, 2024 | 6:36 PM

(Reuters) -A grand jury has indicted 18 people on charges that they took part in an Arizona fake elector scheme to re-elect then-U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020, the state’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

The court papers list a “former U.S. president,” presumably Trump, as an unindicted co-conspirator.

The indictment is redacted to conceal the name of seven defendants, in addition to the 11 who were named. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes said in a press release announcing the charges that those names would be made public after all of the defendants had been served.

Electors are people chosen to formally cast a state’s electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College system used in presidential elections.

(Reporting by Eric Beech and Dan Whitcomb)