The vote counting in Maricopa County started off very slowly, but then quickly tapered off. But don’t blame the Maricopa County election officials. Let’s face it, there is no quick and easy way to fix an election. In Florida, they have 21 million voters and they were 99% complete on election night. Arizona has half that many voters and counting will take them at least a week. But, there is a good reason for that. Florida doesn’t have all the voting irregularities that they have in Maricopa County.
Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, for example, has condemned the slow process as “an embarrassment.” She has admitted that she has very little faith in fairness and honesty in the elections in Arizona and especially in Maricopa County. Election counts in Maricopa County are as transparent as six inches of lead. Maricopa County supervisor Bill Gates pushed back, indicating people who want timely counts are offensive to him.
“Quite frankly it’s offensive for Kari Lake to say that these people behind me are slow-rolling this when they’re working 14 to 18 hours. So I really hope this is the end of that now. We can be patient and respect the results when they come out.”
"Quite frankly, it is offensive for Kari Lake to say these people behind me are slow rolling this."
Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, is not very happy about some of the things being said about the elections department. pic.twitter.com/OoUpd4oyLf
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Gates says that vote counting will continue into next week unless Democrats lose, in which case they will continue counting until they do win.
In conjunction with the Republican Party of Arizona, the RNC released a statement saying this election “exposed deep flaws in Maricopa County’s election administration.” Arizona voters “deserve better — transparency, certainty, and efficiency — and most importantly, an accurate and prompt announcement of election results,” the statement added, threatening to take legal action to ensure the election outcome is lawfully decided.
Instead of publicly blasting Maricopa County, Gates — himself a Republican election lawyer — said the RNC should express their concerns directly.
“I would prefer that if there are concerns that they have, that they communicate those to us here. I’m a Republican. Three of my colleagues on the board are Republicans. Raise these issues with us and discuss them with us, as opposed to making these baseless claims,” he said.
“They’re hyping up the rhetoric here, which is exactly what we don’t need to do,” Gates added.
Responding to concerns over the delay ballot counting, Gates said Arizona law is to blame and, on average, it takes between 10 to 12 days to count all ballots in Maricopa County, the second-largest voting precinct in America.
Gates estimated there are 275,000 ballots left to count in Maricopa County.
You could see this coming from miles off. After getting off scot-free in 2020, you just had to know they were going to repeat the process in 2022.