The Republican chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County, Arizona, has been involved in what is most charitably referred to as damage control following voting machine issues that frustrated and delayed in-person registrants on Election Day.
Chairman Bill Gates said in a video posted to the county’s Twitter account on Sunday morning that he will “answer your election-related questions this weekend.”
Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, seems to welcome their responses, but perhaps not for the reasons Gates would prefer.
In reaction to the Sunday morning video, Lake’s campaign team tweeted that Gates was providing Lake’s legal team with evidence to contest the current election results.
The Associated Press reports that with only around 13,000 votes still to be tabulated, Lake is currently trailing by more than 17,000 votes. On November 14, with 43,000 votes still to be tabulated, the AP declared the election in favor of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Lake’s opponent.
“The AP concluded that, even though Republican Kari Lake had been posting increasingly larger margins in vote updates from Maricopa County, she was not gaining a big enough share to overtake Hobbs, and was running out of remaining votes,” they stated.
Days earlier, Lake’s supporters had been raising the alarm, claiming that since Republicans are more likely than Democrats to cast ballots on election day, difficulties related to that day disproportionately affect Republicans.
Gates is attempting to change the subject, which suggests that he either doesn’t comprehend the argument or doesn’t believe it merits a response.
After introducing myself, he continued in the video, “One of the questions we’ve been getting since the general election on Nov. 8 is, did the printer problems on Election Day impact Republican-leaning areas more than Democratic-leaning areas?”
Now, I’m not suggesting that question has never been posed. However, I will admit that in the two weeks since Election Day, I haven’t heard anyone make that claim or challenge the role that geography played in the issue. As I mentioned earlier, the date of the election is at issue, along with the presumption that Republicans will cast more ballots on election day itself than Democrats will, who are more likely to use mail-in, early, or absentee voting.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“Well, as your supervisor, I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to cast their vote,” Gates said — which, of course, did not answer the hypothetical question he had just posed for himself. But he got to it eventually.
“We reviewed this issue,” he said (without defining “we,” I should note), “and we found that the 70 vote centers that were impacted by the printer issues were spread all across Maricopa County, and they did not impact one part of the valley more than the other.”
He then concluded: “Thank you for your question on this issue, and look forward to more updates this weekend.” CONTINUE READING…