In the wake of another disappointing Senate election result for Republicans, former President Donald Trump is alleging that significant vote fraud occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona due to malfunctioning ballot counting machines, as Fox News reports.
Trump raised his concerns on his Truth Social platform after Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly was projected to be the winner of his race against Republican hopeful Blake Masters following a series of tabulation hiccups in which machines in various locations were unable to read some types of ballot forms.
Trump alleges fraud
The outcome of the Arizona Senate race elicited serious criticism from Trump, who declared the result a “scam” produced by behind-the-scenes forces he believes “stole the election.”
“People were forced to wait for hours, then got exhausted or had other things to do and left the voting lines by the thousands,” as Maricopa County officials struggled with tabulation delays caused by glitchy machinery.
Trump underscored his point by noting that GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake “was taken to a Liberal Democrat district in order to vote,” and that others “weren’t so lucky” and therefore may have had their vote effectively negated.
“This is a scam and voter fraud, no different than stuffing the ballot boxes,” Trump railed.
Trump suggested that the scope of the vote fraud in Arizona was such that an election re-do is necessary and blamed state officials in charge of the process for causing the tumult and delay, according to the Washington Times.
“Idiot, and possibly corrupt, officials have lost control of the tainted election in Arizona,” Trump began. “MACHINES BROKEN IN REPUBLICAN AREAS. A NEW ELECTION MUST BE CALLED FOR IMMEDIATELY!”
In response to complaints about the difficulties and delays that plagued in-person voting in their jurisdiction, Maricopa County’s Elections Department issued a statement attempting to reassure citizens that “all ballots will be counted securely and accurately.”
Department Chairman Bill Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman stated, “We are committed to finding out what factors…led to issues at 70 Vote Centers on Tuesday” and outlined the measures they believe should inspire confidence among the electorate.
Governor’s race undecided
Adding to the sense of frustration and suspicion surrounding the vote count in Arizona is the fact that the gubernatorial race between Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Kari Lake remains uncalled as of Sunday morning.
With Hobbs’ controversial decision to rebuff calls to recuse herself from overseeing the election in which she was a candidate, doubts about the fairness of the process continue to linger, but whether actual fraud or mismanagement will ever be uncovered once the dust settles, only time will tell.