You are right. The fact that this is news indicates how unusual this is.
But the next elections may be decided after the vote, not by the vote.
The only way to decide after the vote is if even more massive fraud is found than was found in the 2020 election, seeing that though there were tens of thousands more invalid votes discovered in one county my state alone than the amount the "winning" candidate won by.
Here is a breakdown of those 49,718 questionable votes:
23,344 mail-in ballots were counted from individuals who no longer lived at the address to which the mail-in ballot was sent. The audit called these “mail-in ballots voted from prior address” in the voter history phase. (critical impact)
*9,041 more ballots returned by voters than received in the voter history phase.
*5,295 voters that potentially voted in multiple counties in the certified results phase.
*3,432 more ballots cast than the list of people who show as having cast a vote. The audit called this group of ballots “official results does not match who voted,” in the certified results phase.
*2,592 more duplicates than original ballots in the ballot phase.
*2,382 in person voters who had moved out of Maricopa County in the certified results phase.
*2,081 voters moved out of state during 29 day preceding election in the voter history phase.
*1,551 votes counted in excess of voters who voted in the certified results phase.
The claim often made that the audit was partisan because one specific Democrat observer was forbidden reentrance after he tried to disrupt the process is ridiculous. Many people were allowed in to observe. The process included:
1. All ballot boxes sent by the election officials were put in a locked cage in an open area of the convention center floor which had multiple cameras on it at all times.
2. Each table had equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats examining the ballots.
3. For each ballot box two people assigned to move ballot boxes, one a Republican and one a Democrat, were sent to the cage to sign out a box. Each had to sign. They both accompanied the box to the table. At the table one Republican and one Democrat must sign they received the box. When done with the box, the reverse was done.
4. Each table had two cameras recording all the time.
5. The entire floor of the convention center was under several cameras all the time.
6. Observers, including press and officials and legislators from other states, could watch from the stands. https://www.ntd.com/live-arizona-senate-holds-hearing-on-election-audit-in-maricopa-county_643559.html
And for anyone who can't access videos, here is a full transcript.https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/arizona-state-senate-hearing-on-the-2020-election-audit-in-maricopa-county-july-15