Caroline Wren — a senior adviser to Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake of Arizona — believes Gov. Doug Ducey should call a special session of the Legislature to pass electoral reform legislation amid allegations of mass voter disenfranchisement that took place during the Maricopa County midterm elections .
Seventy of the county’s 223 polling stations had ballot problems on Election Day, with several locations reporting two-hour lines and more.
War Room podcast host Steve Bannon asked Wren to comment on the “fiasco” in Maricopa County (which includes the Phoenix metro area).
“The disenfranchisement of Republican voters is very alarming,” Wren said.
“People shouldn’t have to go on this half-day odyssey to vote,” she continued. “Can you imagine this being reversed and on Election Day voters favored Democrats and the machines in Detroit, Philadelphia and Brooklyn failed?”
Kari Lake fills the gap, the majority of the untold ballots coming from “ruby red” districts
“It would be the top news in the whole country,” Wren said.
Is Kari Lake being cheated out of the Arizona governor’s office?
Yes: 99% (113 votes)
No: 1% (1 votes)
Instead, she said the media’s take on the Maricopa County tab machine malfunction was that Election Day lines were normal.
“You’re not normal when the mechanics fail,” argued Wren.
“We told Maricopa, we told those others [counties]to expect a huge, huge number of voters on election day. That happened. They were completely unprepared,” she said.
“You had three-hour lines. I mean if you arrive at 7 a.m. and the machines are down and there’s a two-hour line, but you have to get your kids to school at 8:15 a.m., you can’t spend all day voting,” she added added.
Wren went on to point out that the two top people overseeing Maricopa County’s elections — County Recorder Stephen Richer and Maricopa County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Gates — created a political action committee last year to select candidates for state and local To support governments that “recognize the validity of the 2020 election.”
News: @stephen_richerMaricopa County Secretary, is launching a PAC to support Rs running for non-state AZ offices that “recognize the validity of the 2020 election and condemn the events of January 6, 2021 as a horrific result of the lies that were told about the November election.”
— Meg Cunningham (@Meg_Cunn) November 17, 2021
Lake has expressed doubts about the outcome of Arizona’s 2020 presidential election.
“We rely on that for information. We rely on that for truth, rely on it to guide our voting system. And our opponent, by the way, is the Secretary of State who has refused to back down,” Wren said.
Bannon asked Wren if, given voter disenfranchisement, Ducey should call a special session to address election issues.
“You can’t last two and a half and three hours [lines] with working people. Nobody can do that,” Bannon said.
I was at a polling station in SE Chandler for three hours Tuesday morning as a campaign supporter; We were told the polling stations in N. Gilbert were closed so these voters were sent to ours…wonder how many never voted at all after leaving Gilbert?
— Jennifer Alvey (@Jennife97135834) November 14, 2022
He further argued that the 17,000 voters the county said placed their ballots in “Box 3” to be later counted in downtown Phoenix when polling station tabs didn’t work was a “wrong number.” be.
“The 17,000 has to be 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000 assuming they were down and sometimes they were down by the afternoon,” Bannon said.
“Should [Ducey] called an emergency meeting and how can you possibly confirm that election?” Bannon asked.
Wren replied, “He should call an emergency meeting and pass electoral reform [legislation]. We’ve had the House, Senate, and Office of the Governor for the last two years. They should have passed electoral reform that led to this.”
“It’s a national disgrace. All eyes are on Arizona, Maricopa County again, and they’re failing,” she added.
Wren declined to say whether the choice should be confirmed, saying that was a matter for others.
The polling station in Anthem, Arizona — a Republican-dominated community of about 30,000 people north of Phoenix — was one of the places in Maricopa County that experienced ballot table issues on Election Day.
There was a roughly two-hour wait to cast a vote around 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., those who stood in line told The Western Journal.
Here’s the problem with what happened in Maricopa County on Election Day. This is Anthem, north of Phoenix, around 1:15 p.m. Ruby district with about 30,000 inhabitants. Just a polling station. Ballot tabs don’t work in the morning. Waited 2 hours to vote at noon and still at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/CY35yQWwq5
— Randy DeSoto (@RandyDeSoto) November 14, 2022
Lucas McLuhan, who works for the Journal, waited nearly two hours that afternoon to vote, and it took him five times to get a tab to accept his ballot.
The snakes in Maricopa are crazy this morning. This is a poll in Scottsdale at 9am. Keep pressing. Overwhelm the system. pic.twitter.com/XybEL91lP3
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 8, 2022
Richer and Gates emphasized on Election Day that despite the problems, voters could still cast a vote and count.
They didn’t address the long lines people had to even get a ballot.
— Maricopa County Voting Division (@MaricopaVote) November 8, 2022
Despite all of Election Day’s problems, Lake was able to cut Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ lead from a double-digit (about 183,000 votes) based on her lead in early voting results to less than one percent (about 12,000 votes) On Wednesday, as Election Day totals continued to go a.
However, the GOP would likely argue that if all Lake voters had been able to take part in the polls, they would have overtaken Hobbs, who still held a lead as of Monday night.
Most of the ballots being counted since late last week have been the mail-in ballots that voters cast in polling stations on Election Day.
In a statement released Sunday by the Arizona Republican Party said“It was no secret that Republicans planned to vote on Election Day.”
“Whereas Democrats are more likely to vote by mail and therefore have been disproportionately less likely to be harmed by tab and printer problems that arose on Election Day.”
Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward specified“The Arizona Republican Party holds Steven Richer, Bill Gates, the Maricopa Elections Department and the other regulators absolutely responsible for making Arizona the laughing stock of America when it comes to conducting our elections fairly, efficiently and transparently.”
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