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The Arizona Freedom Caucus criticized Maricopa County election authorities in a harsh news statement this week, adding to the instability following the midterm elections in Arizona.
The Arizona Sun Times reports that the statement was released on Monday by AFC members. The members sought the resignations of numerous county election officials and accused Maricopa County election authorities of breaching the law in how they handled the process of operating the polling precincts and tallying the outcomes of the 2022 midterm elections.
According to the statement, “These officials in Maricopa County have utterly disgraced their office, destroyed all faith in our electoral process, and shown that the only true solution is for them to resign in shame.”
In the statement, the AFC members were blunt, branding leaders like Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, “criminals” and accusing them of “failed” Arizonans.
The statement quoted State Rep. Jake Hoffman, the chairman of the AFC, as saying, “After taking an absurd and unnecessary amount of time to count ballots, we are now finding Maricopa County election officials may not merely be incompetent but may also be criminals.”
The statement continued, “The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Gates, and Recorder Richer have utterly, and embarrassingly, failed the people.”
In response to alleged criminal activity by Maricopa County election officials, the Arizona Freedom Caucus has released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/x1UnzL9lh2
— Arizona Freedom Caucus (@AZFreedomCaucus) November 21, 2022
The statement continued, “They have not merely failed Maricopa County, they have failed the entire state of Arizona.”
The caustic remark followed a letter written by Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright that outlined what she believed to be multiple instances of election law infractions in relation to the outcomes of the 2022 midterm elections in Maricopa County.
In the letter, Wright requested accountability, particularly for incidents like the broken printers that apparently prevented many voters from voting on Election Day or, at the very least, left them feeling disenfranchised and uncertain that their votes were counted.
Wright noted in the letter that “Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election.”
Gates had replied to the letter with his own statement, pledging to provide the data that Wright requested. The authorized Maricopa County Twitter account posted the answer.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
In the post-election aftermath, Chairman Gates has received intense backlash — both online and in person — for the many issues experienced during and after the election.
According to KSAZ-TV, deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that the department is handling a security detail for Gates’ new, undisclosed location, where he has reportedly retreated for security purposes.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone held a news conference in which he slammed those who’ve threatened election officials or challenged the election results as anything but legitimate. CONTINUE READING…