In Arizona, some voting machines experience technical problems
In Arizona (southwest), the midterm elections are interrupted by technical problems affecting certain machines in Maricopa County, the most populous in the state, local authorities announced Tuesday morning. In this county, which includes Phoenix, the capital of the Grand Canyon state, “about 20%” of the 223 electoral colleges meet ” a problem “ with the machines in charge of reading the bulletins, explained On twitter Republican Bill Gates, namesake of the billionaire and responsible for the smooth running of the ballots.
It is around this county of 4.5 million inhabitants that a large part of the charges -dismissed- for electoral fraud in 2020 were concentrated in this state where Joe Biden had surpassed Donald Trump (the Democrat had won the ballot with just 10,000 advance votes).
“We are trying to solve this problem as quickly as possible”, explained Mr. Gates, while assuring that this did not prevent voters from voting. In case of problem, a ” alternative solution “ it’s planned, he insisted. Voters can drop off their ballots at a “safe box”that will be open “later at night” to count votes with working machines. They can also vote at another office.
As soon as operations opened at 6 am, one of the polling stations located in a downtown library had problems with its machines, AFP journalists noted. Only voters who had already prepared their sealed ballot in an envelope could deposit it, the others were asked to go to another office 500 meters away.
County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced that he has stepped up security measures on the sidelines of the election and promised a ” zero tolerance “ against voter intimidation. “If you decide to break the law, I have several cells waiting for you”he said at a press conference. But that didn’t stop masked observers, some of whom were armed, from tracking down early ballot boxes, in an attempt they say was to prevent ballot box stuffing.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor, said she expects vote recounts and legal challenges to the results. Facing the press, Mr.me Hobbs also said she hopes her opponent, Republican Kari Lake, will be victorious before the results are known.