On Election Day, the GOP raised doubts about the Arizona state election
Republican candidates and conservative media outlets seized on reports of voting problems in Arizona on Tuesday to review cases where the state’s elections are broken and in need of reform, even as state and county officials say the complaints are exaggerated.
“We have unevenness across the state,” Mark Finchem, who won the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state, said before his victory was announced.
Gateway Pundit, a conservative website that covers Tuesday’s election rumors, wrote that Arizona’s largest county appears to have “serious irregularities throughout the day, raising concerns about the integrity of the election.”
There was no evidence of widespread fraud in Tuesday’s election. But the concerns raised are fueled by a number of issues in Pinal County, an area with The third most populous state, located between Phoenix and Tucson. More than 63,000 cards were mailed with the wrong local contest, requiring There is a new poll. On election night, at least 20 of the 95 districts in Pinal County has no or no votes.
Sophia Solis, deputy director of communications for the Arizona Secretary of State, said voters can still go to the polls in those precincts using voting machines normally used by disabled voters.
“We don’t hear about widespread problems,” Ms. Solis said, adding that “one of the problems The main thing we saw yesterday was the spread of misinformation and falsehoods.”
Kent Volkmer, Pinal County Attorney, said there are more individual voters in the county than ever before, including more independent voters. He added that many voters had surrendered their ballots to allow them to vote in person, possibly prompted by the problem of printing ballots.
“We don’t think there are nearly as many people who are negatively impacted as far as the community is concerned,” Volkmer said.
One common talking point on Tuesday revived a false theory from 2020, known as Sharpiegate, which claimed that voter-provided markers were making ballots pass and invalid. Election officials said the machine can read scorecards with pens, markers and other tools, and Any problem can be checked by yourself.
“This is Sharpiegate 2.0,” Ben Berquam, a conservative commentator, said on the live stream. Mr. Finchem shared the conspiracy theory on his Twitter account. The campaign for Ron Watkins, a congressional candidate for Arizona’s 2nd District who came into last place in his race on Tuesday, also suggested Watkins’ vote was artificially cut.
Many election fraud theories have focused on the gubernatorial primary race between Kari Lake, a former Trump-endorsed news anchor, and Karrin Taylor Robson, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. Ms. Lake stalked her rival fiercely into the night for several nights, leading to Sadi fraud in the election among her supporters. In the end she was the leader.
An ally of Ms. Lake suggested during the live broadcast that the results were in doubt because other candidates running with Trump won their races. In Arizona, ballots received before Election Day are being counted for the first time, and polls suggest those votes will slightly favor Ms. Taylor Robson. In-person votes were counted on election night, and Ms. Lake’s supporters preferred to Vote by yourself.
As the countdown continued late into the night, Ms. Lake claimed victory as she Still following Taylor Robson.
Ms. Lake said at her election night party that “when the legal votes are counted, we will win. The Journalist Association has yet to call the race.