Following another contentious Arizona election, Maricopa County election officials are now under scrutiny.
After many days of ballot counting and numerous tabulation system mistakes in Maricopa, Arizona’s most populous county, Democrat Katie Hobbs was proclaimed the winner of the state’s gubernatorial contest on Monday.
The Post Millennial claims that County Recorder Stephen Richer and Supervisor Bill Gates, the individuals in responsible of overseeing elections in Maricopa, established a PAC last year to oppose candidates who do not “acknowledge the validity of the 2020 election.”
Trump-backed Republican Kari Lake, Hobbs’ opponent, has highlighted issues with the 2020 election and advocated for electoral reform.
The Kansas City Beacon’s Meg Cunningham tweeted about Richer and Gates’ PAC’s debut in November 2021.
According to the Post Millennial, Richer corroborated her claim by retweeting it and writing, “Join me if you care about traditional Republican ‘stuff’ (free people, free markets, rule of law), but also don’t believe in conspiracies about the 2020 election or that Jan 6 was a tourist event,”. It looks that his tweet was removed.
According to the mission statement of the PAC, Pro-Democracy Republicans for Arizona, it is “fighting to keep our democratic institutions alive.”
“The Arizona election wasn’t stolen. We Republicans simply had a presidential candidate who lost, while we had many other candidates who won. It’s time we Republicans accept and acknowledge that fact,” the organization’s website declares.
Richer confronted Republicans who were skeptical of how he handled the 2020 election in the summer of 2021 in an open letter in which he reaffirmed his innocence.
“Nobody stole Maricopa County’s election. Elections in Maricopa County aren’t rigged,” he claimed.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone is persuaded.
On election day, 20% of the tabulation machines at Maricopa polling places had issues. Voters were informed that their ballots might be left in a specific box to be tallied later.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Lake has lambasted Hobbs, who as secretary of state is in charge of Arizona’s elections, as “incompetent,” the Post Millennial reported.
“Another election run by a bunch of clowns,” she said in an interview last week.
Lake and other Republicans have also argued that there was a major conflict of interest in the race after Hobbs refused to recuse herself and was allowed to oversee her own election. CONTINUE READING…