The system of voting and counting votes in Arizona is a mess, especially in Maricopa County.
The shenanigans on election night and the length of time it took to count the votes proves this.
Now the state’s attorney general is getting involved and demanding that officials explain how counted votes got mixed together with uncounted votes.
The Federalist reports:
Arizona AG Demands Maricopa Officials Answer For Reportedly Mixing Counted And Uncounted Ballots
Arizona ballots that couldn’t be counted due to broken machines were mingled in some locations with already tabulated ballots, according to the Elections Integrity Unit of Arizona’s attorney general’s office. State officials listed numerous ways Maricopa County, Arizona, election officials failed to properly segregate, count, tabulate, tally, and transport ballots during the midterm 2022 elections, which likely resulted in significant disenfranchisement of Election Day voters.
In a letter sent to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright, the Elections Integrity Unit of Arizona’s attorney general’s office notified the county that they had “received hundreds of complaints since Election Day pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election” and as a result, are demanding Maricopa County election officials provide answers for the chaos, confusion, and mismanagement of the voting process in a report to be submitted on or before Nov. 28, when Maricopa must send its official canvass to the secretary of state for certification.
The complications raised in the letter include issues with the configuration settings of ballot-on-demand printers at 60-plus voting locations in the county, “which appeared to have resulted in ballots that were unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulator.” In sworn statements provided to the attorney general’s office, numerous Maricopa election workers claimed that the printers in question experienced no problems when tested the day before the election on Nov. 7.
What an absolute mess.
Maricopa County will not answer this very simple question from the @KariLake campaign:
What is the discrepancy between day of voter check-ins and actual day of votes cast on Election Day?
Why is that?
And why did they stop communicating with the campaign as soon as they asked?
— Connor H. Clegg (@clegg1776) November 22, 2022
Twitter: 1 million votes counted per 23 minutes.
Maricopa County: 1 million votes counted per 23 days.
— CHIZ (@CHIZMAGA) November 19, 2022
If officials want people to believe the outcome of elections, they have to run elections with integrity.