Holocaust denier Kari Lake claimed voting problems in Arizona could be part of a plot to thwart a ‘red tsunami’ on Tuesday, as she urged supporters to stay in line until their vote is cast .
Just hours into Election Day, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer announced that about a fifth of his electronic vote tabulation machines were malfunctioning.
Right-wing figures, including former President Donald Trump, have taken to the issues to warn of fraud.
Lake issued her warning after voting herself as she considered becoming the state’s next governor.
She advised voters to wear comfortable shoes and take food when going to vote.
“The people of Arizona would be walking on hot coals and they would be walking on broken glass to vote today,” she told reporters, as she planned to move to encourage people to stay in line despite the delays.
“And I know they can stand in line for a few hours if they have to.” I know they will be queuing for eight hours.
“And they will vote and my message to the people of Arizona is don’t get out of line until you vote. Don’t step out of line until you’ve voted.
“Things are looking very good for us. They may be trying to slow down a red tsunami, but it’s coming.
“They may be trying to slow down a red tsunami, but it’s coming.” Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, suggested Tuesday’s voting machine problems were part of a conspiracy
“We are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” said Bill Gates (left), chairman of the Maricopa County Supervisors. “And we also have redundancy in place”
Voters wait to cast their ballots at Biltmore Fashion Park on November 8, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lake urged voters to queue as voting machine breakdowns were reported
Arizona became one of the centers of conspiracy theories after Trump narrowly lost the state to Joe Biden – the first time a Democratic candidate had won it since 1996.
Trump was even more explicit on Tuesday, posting on his Truth Social account: “People of Arizona: Don’t get out of line until you vote.”
“They are trying to steal the election with bad machines and DELAY. Don’t let that happen!
Lake campaigned on a platform that insists Trump was the rightful winner.
And Maricopa County has already been hit by controversy, after gunmen were spotted surveilling the ballot boxes.
On Tuesday, Richer said ballots were not lining up properly inside the machines and were not being read, but promised every vote cast would be counted.
Lake quickly issued a “voter alert” on his Twitter account.
But she later said she encountered no problems when she voted in what she described as a left-leaning area of the city.
“We were right to come and vote in a liberal zone,” she said. “They have to fix this problem.”
Donald Trump has weighed in on the issues with allegations of a plot to steal the election
The former president spoke briefly to reporters after casting his vote, urging all Americans to do the same “no matter who you vote for.”
She also clashed with journalists,
“I won’t just be governor of Arizona for four years,” she said. “I will do two terms.
“I’m going to be your worst nightmare for eight years, and we’ll reform the media too.” We’re going to make journalists out of you again.
Arizona wasn’t the only place where problems were reported.
In Pennsylvania, due to the Republican National Committee and other GOP groups winning a lawsuit in state court that would ensure undated mail-in ballots would not count, thousands of voters in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas were alerted that they needed to “cure” their ballots.
Election officials advised those voters to visit county election offices to correct their ballot, request a new mail-in ballot or vote by provisional ballot on Election Day to correct these errors.
Philadelphia voters line up to vote on Election Day. In Pennsylvania, thousands of mail-in ballots could be thrown away because voters failed to date them correctly
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In Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, nearly 1,000 voters were on a list of individuals who forgot to date or misdate their ballots.
In Philadelphia, the Board of Elections alerted nearly 2,000 people to their undated ballot. Nearly 400 others potentially dated their ballots incorrectly.
In Mercer County, New Jersey, all Dominion-made voting machines were broken.
Officials told voters they could still go to the polls and vote by traditional paper ballot.
“The board of elections has notified the county of the problems with the voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to guide voters through the process. The council is working with Dominion, the machine manufacturer, to resolve the issue,’ the country’s Facebook page said.
Additionally, about 150 voters in Philadelphia did not sign their mail-in ballots, while about 1,000 voters handed in “naked” ballots, meaning they forgot to mail in their ballots. vote surrounded by a secret envelope.