Arizona election officials claimed Wednesday that the midterm votes could take weeks or possibly months to count, according to CNBC.
“In Arizona, the marquee races there are too early to call. Election officials in the state have said they are prepared to work through Thanksgiving, and possibly Christmas as well,” said CNBC congressional correspondent Ylan Mui.
CNBC: Election officials in Arizona say they are prepared to work through Thanksgiving and possibly Christmas as well [to finish counting votes] pic.twitter.com/MIrfptKt2v
— MassQRaid (@MassQRaid) November 9, 2022
This is a major contrast from their previous claims that vote counting would last until Friday, also an unacceptable amount of time, but a far cry from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
FL counted 7.2 million votes by 9PM and counted 99% of the votes by midnight
AZ currently has 63% of the vote counted (1.7 million votes). Officials say it could take until Friday to have 90-99% in.
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) November 9, 2022
This alarming announcement comes after Maricopa County was marred with election machine breakdowns for hours on Election Day.
This kind of “incompetency” is part of why Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake ran in the first place.
Lake excoriated the the election official “clowns” in the state on Tuesday over the voting delays.
“Another election run by a bunch of clowns, and we’re not going to take it anymore,” she told former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon. “We will restore faith to our elections.”
Lake also called out the voting machine breakdowns and subsequent shenanigans by election officials instructing voters to place their ballots in specific boxes to be taken to another location.
“Two minutes into voting, we had people being told, ‘well, you’re gonna have to put your little ballot over here into another box guys,’” Lake told her supporters late Tuesday.
"We will take the victory when it comes. And we will turn this state around!"
Watch @KariLake's full speech at the election night party! pic.twitter.com/cDgNDLcIbZ
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 9, 2022
“We are going to win this,” she continued. “We will declare victory, and we will get to work turning this around. No more incompetency and no more corruption in Arizona elections.”
Vote tabulation machines had been unable to count 20% of ballots, but officials claimed the issue had been fixed after an adjustment to “printer settings.”
Maricopa County has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations. pic.twitter.com/Og7bXf0CsV
— Maricopa County Elections Department (@MaricopaVote) November 8, 2022
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