Arizona was once again home to Election Day controversies.
But now all hell is breaking loose.
And Kari Lake was stunned to discover this sinister election violation.
Maricopa County is home to where the majority of votes in Arizona are cast.
And on Election Day voting machine tabulators broke down in 48 percent of the county’s voting centers due to printer errors.
Voting machines failing caused mass confusion as voters were unsure of how or where to cast their ballot.
At least 17,000 voters left their ballots in boxes while others tried to figure out if they could trek to other voting centers to cast their ballot.
This confusion unquestionably hurt Republican Kari Lake as GOP voters overwhelmingly choose to cast their ballots on Election Day in person as opposed to voting early and by mail.
At the center of the controversy was Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.
Richer is tasked with running elections which means voters should view him as an unbiased administrator.
However, Richer started the Pro-Democracy Republicans PAC to attack conservatives like Kari Lake and help elect Democrats.
And this political meddling may run afoul of Arizona law according to State Representative Jake Hoffman.
Appearing on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast Hoffman explained that Richer engaging in political activity to attack candidates appearing on the ballot in an election he oversaw may violate Arizona’s Revised Statutes.
Hoffman told Bannon:
The Attorney General’s laid out multiple violations of the law – numerous, in fact. Recorder Richer created a political action committee specifically to oppose candidate that were on the ballot in the election that he was tasked with overseeing. There is clearly misconduct – 16-672 in Arizona Revised statutes is one area that we are looking into to hold these guys accountable.
But conflicts of interest is another area we’re looking into.
And quiet honestly, they have embarrassed not only this state, not only this county, but they’ve embarrassed the country right now. We are the laughing stock of the world, thanks to these guys, and they need to resign.
And if they won’t resign, we will do everything in our power to hold them accountable, come this new legislative session.
Richer’s PAC raised over $88,000 from the third quarter of 2021 until now.
The PAC donated $45,000 to a group who reportedly unloaded all their resources on attacking Lake and other conservative candidates.
American Greatness reported:
Most of the money raised by the PAC ($45,000) went to Defending Arizona Values.
Independent Arizona, a group that believes “there is more to be gained by working across political and cultural lines than trying to push politics to the extreme,” also donated $7,650 to the group. Defending Arizona Values sent most of those donations ($52,631.73) to Consilium Consulting, a firm run by Kirk Adams, former Chief of Staff to Governor Doug Ducey.
The Arizona Mirror noted last November that “it’s highly unusual” for an elections official such as Richer “to get involved in elections the way he’s planning to do, and by spending in elections that his office will oversee, he may open himself up to allegations of impropriety from candidates his PAC opposes.”’
There is no evidence of fraud or that Richer and his RINO allies sabotaged the voting machines.
This just appears to be simple incompetence on the part of Maricopa County.
But partisan election administrators openly working to defeat candidates whose names are on the ballot are why so many Americans distrust the election process.
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