Demanding answers about some Election Day issues before the state election send in final election results, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has definitely enticed some post-election tensions and prompted election concerns in Maricopa County during the weekend.
In a four-page letter sent to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Brnovich pointed out that the Arizona Attorney General Office’s Elections Integrity Unit has received hundreds of complaints – some of which go beyond pure speculation – about the state’s election administration since Election Day, highlights issues with printer configuration and voter “check-out”.
Stressing that Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election, Brnovich said that these complaints – which also include first-hand witness accounts – raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law.
As some ballots weren’t printed with dark enough markings to be read by tabulators, Maricopa County elections officials, which are investigating the issue, have acknowledged that Election Day printer issues affected some 17,000 ballots, but underscored that, despite the error, all affected ballots will be counted securely and accurately.
Trump-backed Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake accused Arizona election workers of intentionally slowing down the counting, calling her state’s elections process a laughingstock and refusing to concede the close race – echoing rump’s 2020 claims of a stolen presidential election- and took up cries of election fraud.
After a long tabulation process, Lake was projected to lose to Democrat Katie Hobbs.
A Republican coalition filed an emergency motion to extend Maricopa County’s voting hours on Election Day due to alleged concerns about voting machines, but their request was denied by a state judge who said there’s no evidence Arizonans were denied their right to vote.
California’s largest county faced a number of other issues leading up to Election Day, including voter intimidation, voter registration error, and a technical issue that has caused about one in five tabulation machines in over 60 of the county’s 223 voting centers to lock up, rejecting ballots.