RED FLAGS: AZ Senate testimony reveals shocking problems with Maricopa County tabulators, ballot signatures

by Summer Lane

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If America thought things couldn’t get much worse in the election aftermath in Arizona, they would have been dead wrong. New information from a bombshell presentation given to the Arizona Senate Committee on Elections, chaired by Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Ariz., has revealed staggering problems from the 2022 midterm elections.

We the People AZ Alliance Chair Shelby Busch presented information that focused on the tabulator problems experienced across the county on Election Day.

Regarding ballots that were misread or rescanned multiple times, Busch said that the tabulators failed “at 235 times the Election Assistance Commission’s regulated failure rates.”

These findings are closely tied to GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s election lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials and her Democrat opponent, Katie Hobbs. Lake has made a fiery appeal that is set to be heard on Feb. 1, challenging the legitimacy of the results of the 2022 gubernatorial election in the Grand Canyon State.

The Kari Lake War Room heralded the findings from the election hearing in the following tweet:

In her testimony, Busch alleged that based on an analysis of system log files in January 2023 from the tabulators used in Maricopa County on Election Day, along with the redacted CVR records, a “quarter of a million ballots” was misread by tabulators.

She noted that there were “two tabulators in every polling center, which means there were 446 tabulators with a quarter of a million voter attempt failures.”

Busch gave examples of blank ballot envelopes, as well as violations of ballot procedures pertaining to signatures on the envelopes that “contained signatures that are clearly NOT the voter listed on the affidavit,” per her slide presentation.

From Busch’s presentation

Kari Lake shared what she called the “Bombshell Discovery” on her personal Twitter account, stating, “Today’s Senate Testimony CONFIRMS nearly 40,000 ballots illegally counted (10% of the signatures reviewed). I think all the ‘Election Deniers’ out there deserve an apology.”

She alleged that the county modified ballot information by printing labels and adding them to the envelopes. Busch said that they had identified 542 instances of this. “They print white, mailing-style labels with a typeset font and they put it over the top of the barcode” where the voter information is printed, she told the committee.

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