Maricopa election judge Michele Swinick says she believes that the tabulators were set up to reject ballots. That makes more sense than she could possibly know. That is because the machines were tested the night before and they worked fine but began rejecting ballots when the polls opened the next day. As it turns out on election day the tabulators were set up for a 19-inch ballot, but the election day ballots were 20 inches long.
That caused the voting machine to compress the image by one inch and in doing so it caused the ink not to be dark enough for the tabulator to read. Those votes were rejected by the tabulator. Coincidentally, or not Swinick worked in a precinct where Republicans dominated and unaffiliated voters were the second most plentiful group and Democrats made up a very small portion of the electorate. Strange how that worked out, no?
The officials were told to put those votes into door 3 and they would be counted later. We now have been told that many of those uncounted votes were placed with votes that had already been counted, meaning those votes did not get counted. And the votes that were rejected, what happened to them? Did they go to adjudication? If so, the person who adjudicated them could have switched the votes. How many votes did it cost the Republican candidates? It is really hard to even venture a guess.
Michelle Swinick believes this was done by design knowing that Republicans would come out in large numbers just like they did in the primaries. Swinick you may recall had her job threatened if she came forward with her thoughts on what happened.
Election judge Michele Swinick has come forward to report what she experienced in Maricopa County. She worked at the Islamic Voting Center in Scottsdale, AZ.. Swinick says that the machines were tested the night before and they worked perfectly. The problem arose from the very first voters on the following day. Voters tried to scan their ballots up to a dozen times with very little success. For the first three hours, poll workers estimated the machines were only able to accept 1 out of every 10 ballots.
Swinick reports that the technician came to the center between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm MT and rebooted the machines. After this, there were no further issues with ballots being run through tabulators. She reported that one of the poll workers told her, “Everything is now going smoothly with the tabulators.”
Per Swinick’s inspector, an offsite supervisor had advised “Because of the situation” to put all “door 3” ballots that had not been scanned through a tabulator into a separate black bag and to label them “misreads.” As a judge, Michele told UncoverDC that she personally signed the sticker placed over the bag’s zipper, and then these bags were sent to the tabulation center to be counted. Michele informed us that the normal process for a ballot that is “unread” is for poll workers to run the ballots through the tabulators one more time before sending them to the center. As per Swinick, this was not done.
The County had set up a website to give voters the ability to check that their vote was counted. The problem is Michele has proven that the website isn’t correct and seems to be using a voter’s “check in” as evidence their vote was tabulated rather than the actual tabulation of the vote. Michele offered her first-hand proof of this.
“My roommate ran his ballot through the tabulators 15 times as one of the 1st voters at the Islamic Center. It did not read the ballot. He was forced to drop it in door #3.
About an hour after I arrived home at 9 pm MT, my roommate checked the website to see if his vote had been counted. The website reported it was. It is mathematically impossible for his vote to have been counted by then since only an hour before, I left the center, and the ballots had not been taken from the center to the meeting point where the ballots are hand exchanged to another transport team, which takes them to the tabulation center. For his ballot to have been counted, it would have also needed to be sorted and hand-counted by a team at that center and reported into the website —all within that hour.
So, was his vote counted as a straight Democratic vote? Inquiring minds want to know.