(PresidentialHill.com)- The election problems in Maricopa are far bigger than the county is admitting. During the midterm elections, from ballots being rejected due to tabulation errors to long lines causing frustrated voters to leave, voting centers have been plagued with issues, according to a report from Just the News.
Affidavits were reportedly filed to Arizona’s attorney general by Mark Sonnenklar with the Republican National Committee’s Election Integrity program.
The attorney general of the state is Katie Hobbs, who also is the governor-elect after allegedly beating Republican challenger Kari Lake. Hobbs has recently been criticized for handling the state’s election duties, despite being a candidate herself.
Sonnenklar and 10 other attorneys visited 115 out of the 223 vote centers in Maricopa County on Election Day and discovered that 72 of them (62%), were riddled with tabulation errors, causing voters to put their ballots in “box 3,” which is a separate box that unreadable ballots are put into, “spoil their ballots and re-vote, or get frustrated and leave the vote center without voting.”
The county has since admitted that some ballots in “box 3” were mixed with tabulated ballots. The RNC report states that almost every initial ballot was rejected by the tabulators 100% of the time, although they might go through on the second, third, or fourth time.
“However, many ballots were not able to be tabulated by the tabulators at all, no matter how many times the voter inserted the ballot,” the report continues.
Sonnenklar alleges that the RNC reports directly contradict statements from election officials who understated the number of voting centers affected by errors and who claimed that the issues were fixed by 3 p.m. on Election Day and not large enough to affect final results.
Sonnenklar continued that because Republican voters outnumbered Democrats on Election Day, the erroneous tabulations would necessarily impact Republicans over Democrats.
Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright said that the office has “received hundreds of complaints,” including sworn “first-hand witness accounts” of errors from election workers in Maricopa County.