Maricopa County experienced more extensive problems with the tabulator and ballot printing than initially thought, according to county officials, on election day last week.
The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Bill Gates, said that “about 20 percent” of polling places had tabulator issues in a video shared on social media the morning of the election.
Gates, who was standing next to Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, may not have realized the issues were more serious due to the “fog of war.” According to the county and information provided to Patriot Project, a 20 percent estimate made before noon was revised later in the day.
— Maricopa County Elections Department (@MaricopaVote) November 8, 2022
However, throughout the day, media sites kept citing 20 percent. Later, that number increased to 60 polling locations, or around 25% of the total 223 sites.
County officials said that 70 locations, or more over 30%, had these issues, according to The Washington Post and KNTX-TV (the ABC Phoenix station), which the county confirmed to Patriot Project.
The real percentage, according to Rasmussen Reports and Caroline Wren, a campaign adviser for Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake, was 48 percent.
“We started early voting on Oct 12. And why did zero percent of the voting centers encounter tabulation problems during early voting when we know that Democrats were all heavily voting?” In a Real America’s Voice interview on Thursday, Wren posed the question.
She continued, “Why did that number then jump up to 48 percent of voting centers encountering tabulation problems on Election Day when voters voted for Kari Lake 3 to 1?”
These are some of the inquiries Lake’s attorneys have made in writing to Maricopa County officials, according to Wren.
Caroline gets it. pic.twitter.com/7WQBDAA0rZ
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 18, 2022
The county disputed the 48 percent number and maintained that there were 70 voting places with printing and tabulation machine issues. The county further stated that while all early ballots were handled at one central location for tabulation, early voting used the same ballot printers.
The Republican National Committee’s election integrity department provided a copy of a report to The Western Journal.
She visited nine places, and the tabulators were broken in seven of them.
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“After Chairman Bill Gates announced that the problems with the printers had been resolved at around 2:50 p.m., I visited some of the vote centers again to confirm that the problems with the tabulators and printers were in fact resolved,” she said.
“Unfortunately, that was not true for all the vote centers I visited. Mr. Gates also mentioned that one of the options voters had in any vote center in which they encountered the tabulator and/or printer problem was to request to cancel their check-in and go to a different vote center,” the attorney added.
“So, in my afternoon rounds, I asked the inspectors if they were informing voters of the option to cancel their check-in and go to a different vote center. Only one inspector said they were informing voters of that option.” CONTINUE READING…