AZ GOP Accuses Maricopa County Of Voter Suppression

Is Arizona’s voting system going to face a reckoning? It was not long before NPR and other mainstream media outlets officially called the Arizona gubernatorial race for Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbes when the Republican Party of Arizona accused Maricopa County of disenfranchising voters.

As the Arizona Republican Party has pointed out, the state’s election has been plagued with some issues. For once, a total of 25 percent of vote tabulation machines in Maricopa County were not working on Election Day, Townhall reports. County officials claimed that the problem stemmed from a “printer setting issue.” A judge did not extend the voting hours despite an official request filed by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

Now the Arizona GOP has moved to accuse the county of disenfranchising Republican voters.

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has urged voters to submit any information they may have on issues they had either with ballots or when voting on election day:

“The Republican Party of Arizona has partnered with Big Data Polling to conduct exit polling on Arizona voters following the 2022 Midterms General Election. Data from November 1st, 2022, through November 8th, 2022, indicates that Republican voters were disproportionately and negatively impacted while voting in Arizona’s GOP strongholds,” the Arizona GOP said in a statement last weekend. “Exit polling shows that a low of 10 percent to a high of 17 percent of total turnout is Election Day Drop Offs. To be clear, that is defined as a voter who physically delivered their mail-in ballot to a polling station on Election Day. While historic, the publicly reported information showing a 13% drop-off rate correlates with our exit poll data.”

“Of those who reported problems casting a ballot on Election Day, 28% live and vote in the 1st Congressional District (REP), 14% in the 4th Congressional District (DEM), 30% in the 5th Congressional District (REP), 14% in the 6th Congressional District (DEM) and 13% in the 8th Congressional District (REP),” the statement continued. “It was no secret that Republicans intended to vote on Election Day. The RPAZ and others publicly urged Maricopa County to prepare for a historic day of turnout. Sadly, that fell on deaf ears. The officials should have known better after an unprecedented number of Election Day voters during the Primary Election in August. While Democrats are more likely to vote by mail and thus were disproportionately less likely to be harmed by problems with tabulators and printers that arose on Election Day.”

Lake has also appeared on TV news on numerous occasions to discuss the deteriorating faith Arizonans have in their political system.