'This is incompetency': Kari Lake complains of voting problems in county where Republicans run elections
Arizona GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake complained about reports that voting machines were experiencing technical difficulties in Maricopa County, where the Board of Supervisors, which manages elections, is run by a Republican majority.
"We've had a few tabulator issues at a couple locations where the tabulator isn't immediately taking the ballot," Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said, according to Fox 10. "Instead it can either be Central count tabulated here, or if that issue can be addressed there, then it can be fed into the tabulator - or voters can go to any of the other 221 voting locations."
No official explanation for the glitches has been provided. But Lake – whose candidacy has been defined by her loyalty to former President Donald Trump and his debunked lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him – wasted no time sowing the seeds of a new conspiracy theory.
"Do you think this is normal, guys? My question is, do you think what's happening here in Maricopa County is normal? We have had problems after problems. And there's a reason we decided to change locations. We were going to go to a pretty Republican area. But I woke up this morning and within minutes of the polls opening up, I started getting people calling. Voters in tears calling my personal number saying, 'What's going on? The tabulators aren't working. They told me to put my ballot into a box and they would drive it downtown to count it.' This is not normal stuff," Lake told a gaggle of reporters.
"We don't have to have elections run this way," she continued. "We switched from a Republican area to vote right down to the heart of liberal Phoenix to vote because we wanted to make sure we had good machines. And guess what? They've had zero problems with their machines today. Not one machine spit out a ballot here today. Not one in a very liberal area. So we were right to come and vote in a very liberal area. They gotta fix this problem. This is incompetency. I hope it's not malice. But we're gonna fix it. We're gonna win, and when we win, there's gonna be come to Jesus for elections in Arizona. There's gonna be a come to Jesus."
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\u201cArizona gov. candidate Kari Lake (R) sows doubt about the integrity of the election results before polls have even closed:\n\n"Voters in tears ... saying, 'What's going on? The tabulators aren't working' ... When we win, there's gonna be come to Jesus for elections in Arizona."\u201d— The Recount (@The Recount) 1667937792
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