Despite five known conflicts of interest, malfunctioning tabulators, and hours of delays that resulted in many voters not casting their ballots, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors certified the Arizona Midterm Elections yesterday in a move that is all but unbelievable.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify the election, despite gross oversights on its part, to create a fair and unbiased election. The election was certified despite hours of witness testimony about wrongdoings and corruption during the public comment part of the certification meeting.
The main conflicts of interest in the election were as follows:
- Gubernatorial candidate, Katie Hobbs, refused to recuse herself from participating in election oversight as the Secretary of State in an in which she ran for governor.
- Steve Gallardo, the Maricopa County Supervisor, served as the co-chair of the Latinos for Katie Hobbs coalition. He is also now a member of Hobbs’ transition team.
- Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County Recorder who oversaw early voting, founded and operated the Pro-Democracy Republicans PAC. An organization whose goal was to eliminate candidates who supported a MAGA agenda.
- Bill Gates, the Maricopa County Chairman who oversaw the election, was outspoken against Trump-endorsed candidates and said, “I think they are electable, which is frightening.”
- Secretary of State, and candidate for governor, Katie Hobbs, threatened to sue any county that did not certify the election and is now proceeding with a lawsuit against Cochise County for its delay in certifying the election.
Also concerning, both Stephen Richer and Bill Gates appeared in an ad to discredit and smear the auditors of Maricopa County’s 2020 election. The add was also critical of people who supported the audio like many candidates that Trump had endorsed.
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Other issues with the Maricopa County election include how Democrat Katie Hobbs won more than 50% of votes when only 17% of the voter turnout were Democrats. Also, approximately 25% of the ballot tabulators in the county malfunctioned during the election, leaving voters to drop their ballots into questionable “door 3” boxes that were opened and emptied multiple times before they were supposed to be.
The lack of election integrity in Maricopa County was so egregious that it even promoted a letter from the Arizona Attorney General’s office outlining legal violations and other wrongdoing on the part of election officials and demanding answers for broken tabulators and the combining of counted ballots with uncounted ballots in duffle bags the night after the election. Maricopa County election officials took no responsibility for their actions or the botched election in their response.
Meanwhile, now that the election has been certified, Republican candidate, Kari Lake, can finally proceed with multiple planned lawsuits regarding the election, the first of which has already been filed against County Recorder, Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County Supervisors, and Election Directors, Scott Jarrett and Rey Valenzuela.