Maricopa County certifies election after irate citizens testify of vote suppression

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Following the passionate testimony of poll workers and voters expressing anger and frustration, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify their election canvass ahead of a state deadline Monday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who lost to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by less than 18,000 votes, according to the official count, has charged voting tabulator and printing malfunctions suppressed the vote on Election Day vote when most of her supporters planned to cast their ballots.

During the public testimony, a poll observer said that at 7 p.m. on Election Day, when the polls closed, there were 675 people waiting in line at his voting location. Only 150 of those people ended up voting, he said.

Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative Turning Point USA, said via Twitter that based on the testimony Monday, “it’s very safe to assume” that among 223 polling centers in the county, 200 people per polling center were disenfranchised, a total of 44,600 votes were not. Among those votes, about 70% likely voted Republican.

Another poll observer testified that a vote tabulating machine that was found not to be working the night before the election during a test run, nevertheless, was used the next day.

Janelle Weaver of Goodyear, Arizona, said she was volunteering at a poll center at Valley Baptist Church in Tonopah, west of Phoenix, beginning at 5:40 a.m. on Election Day.

“From the start, both tabulators were not working,” she said.

One machine had failed the test the night before, and the other was found to be in order, but it was not working on Election Day morning, she said she was told by poll workers.

Weaver said that Maricopa County had promised to supply a replacement tabulator “first thing in the morning,” but “by the time I left at 1:40, there was not a second tabulator that was working.”

By 7:17 a.m. on Election Day, she said, one of the tabulators was working, but it was processing only 1 of 5 ballots.

A woman from Goodyear, Arizona, who said she was an election marshal at the Estrella Foothills polling station, testified that the tabulators didn’t even work on their training day.

On Election Day, they got “misreads” on ballots “for the whole entire day.”

“We are living in perilous times. This is a battle of good and evil. You can sit as lords over us – and I hope that anybody that’s running for a position in politics can get it through their heads, that when they are elected, they are not gods over us. They are elected as servants to us, we the people.”

She warned that “there will come a day when you will sit before a higher judge, you will sit before a higher judge and you will be held accountable for your role in what’s been going on, for the deception and mocking God with calling evil good and good evil.”

At the end of the meeting, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer insisted no voter was disenfranchised.

“These conversations need to focus on real issues. We can spend the next two years as we’ve spent the last two, fighting over conspiracy theories promoted on social media by people who know nothing about —” he said before he was cut off by a chorus of boos.

Board Chairman Bill Gates acknowledged machine malfunctions, promising to conduct an “even deeper dive” to fix the problems.

“Let me be abundantly clear: There has never been a perfect election, and this was not a perfect election,” he said. “There were issues, but we were transparent about that.”

‘The most pathetic, inept response I’ve ever seen’
Ben Bergquam, who reports for Real America’s Voice, noted to the supervisors that he and a reporter for the Gateway Pundit were denied entry to the Maricopa County elections office on Election Day.

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