Hold your horses AZ Secretary of State Katie Hobb and US Senate Majority Chuck Schumer.
Before the election results in Arizona can be certified, Arizona AG Mark Brnovich’s office wants answers about the questionable management of the 2022 general election in the state’s largest County, Mariposa.
On Saturday, the AGO wrote to the Maricopa County attorney’s office, raising problems voters faced in ballot tabulators and ballot-on-demand printers, along with potential election law violations.
The AGO’s demand for transparency came a day after Arizona’s Cochise County board delayed certifying the election results and as Kari Lake continues to insist that she still might win.
In a Nov. 19 letter addressed to the Maricopa County attorney’s office, Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright noted that the AGO’s Election Integrity Unit has received “hundreds of complaints … pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County.”
BREAKING: The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has officially demanded a response from Maricopa County "pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County." pic.twitter.com/PeYMK4F8Vq
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 20, 2022
The AGO’s election integrity unit expects a report detailing:
- the voting centers that experienced these problems
- the specific problems at each location; any other printer issues that may have contributed to the problem
- a “comprehensive log of all changes to the [ballot-on-demand] printer configuration settings (to include the identity of individuals making changes)”
- the county’s standards for the printer configuration settings “as specified in internal technical specifications and/or manufacturer technical specifications” plus other concerns.
“These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law,” wrote Wright.
Wright insists that Arizonans “deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems” that occurred in Maricopa County on Election Day. He also indicated there was an additional cause for concern, given that “statements made by both Chairman Gates and Recorder Richer, along with information Maricopa County released through official modes of communication appear to confirm potential statutory violations of [Arizona election law].”
The AG invoked Statutes Section 16-1021, which allows the attorney general to “enforce the provisions of this title through civil and criminal actions” in any election for state office, the AGO demanded answers about:
- Election Day ballot-on-demand printer configuration settings;
- Election Day “check-out” procedures; and the
- apparent contravention of statutory guidelines and failure to segregate, count, tabulate, tally, and transport ballots that voters were otherwise unable to have tabulated using on-site tabulators.
Wright requested that a response be given on or before Nov. 28.
At least 60 voting locations reportedly had problems with their ballot-on-demand printers, “which appeared to have resulted in ballots that were unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulators.”
According to Votebeat Arizona, vote-counting machines had trouble tabulating ballots on Election Day “because the timing marks on the ballot — the black lines on the sides that tell the machine where the contests are located so the machine can tally the votes — were not printing correctly. As a result, the machines were rejecting the ballots.”
Nearly 27% of the voting centers were affected, generating longer wait times and confusion.
Nearly 17,000 Maricopa County voters were reportedly “unable to watch machines tabulate their ballots on-site” because of printing malfunctions.
Maricopa County indicated the printers had been tested on Nov. 7 “without any apparent problems,” yet a significant number of them malfunctioned within the first 30 minutes of voting on Election Day.
Even though a new election should be ordered, recent history shows that judges have rejected lawsuits challenging election results, especially when brought by conservatives.
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