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It’s been widely reported that voting machines were “malfunctioning” in Arizona on Election Day, which means they were rejecting ballots and not accurately counting them.
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer confirmed that around 20% of the electronic vote tabulation machines in the state’s most populous county were malfunctioning.
Technicians were called in to fix these “hiccups.” Lake’s lawsuit alleges the problem is much bigger than 20% of voting machines.
Making matters worse, the problems with voting machines created long lines and excessive delays. Numerous people are confirmed that they were either unable to vote or were induced they by poll workers to discard their ballots.
On the evening of Election Day, Kari Lake’s campaign released a public statement announcing that they have filed a lawsuit against the county.
“We sued Maricopa County,” Harmeet Dhillon tweeted, who leads legal efforts for Lake’s campaign. They also attached a link to the lawsuit for everyone to see.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 8, 2022
President Donald Trump also took note of the problem by saying, “Here we go again? The people will not stand for it!!”
Trump said the voting machines “are not properly working in predominately Republican/Conservative areas.”
Lake’s lawsuit alleges that “at least 36% of all voting centers across Maricopa County have been afflicted with pervasive and systemic malfunctions of ballot tabulation devices and printers, which has burdened voters with excessive delays and long lines.”
“Numerous individuals presenting to vote at some or all of these locations were unlawfully induced by poll workers to discard their ballots or otherwise forfeit their opportunity to cast a legally sufficient vote,” the lawsuit continued.
Lake’s lawsuit is seeking a temporary restraining order to accomplish the following 4 goals:
1. Extend voting hours in Maricopa County until 10:00 p.m. on November 8
2. Suspend the public release of any tabulated early ballot returns in Maricopa County until 11:00 p.m. on November 8
3. Instruct the inspector at every polling location that voters who choose to spoil their ballot and leave the voting center without casting a ballot must be “checked out” in the electronic pollbook
4. Instruct the inspector at every polling location that voters whom the e-pollbook have recorded as having previously voted in this election must be permitted to complete and cast a provisional ballot