Following the debacle that was the Arizona elections, Maricopa County election officials are feeling the heat. Maricopa County endured a number of problems counting ballots and suffered widespread tabulation machine errors.
The Post Millennial is reporting that the men tasked with running Maricopa County elections — Recorder Stephen Richer and Supervisor Bill Gates — founded a political action committee last year to defeat candidates who fail to “acknowledge the validity of the 2020 election.”
Democrat Katie Hobbs, who allegedly won the 2022 election for governor, faced Republican Kari Lake, who drew attention to concerns over the 2020 election and demanded election reform.
Meg Cunningham, statehouse reporter for the Kansas City Beacon, tweeted about the PAC on Nov. 17, 2021. Richer seemingly confirmed her report by retweeting and saying “join me if you care about traditional Republican ‘stuff’ (free people, free markets, rule of law), but also don’t believe conspiracies about the 2020 election or that Jan. 6 was a tourist event.”
That tweet has since been deleted.
This time around, 20 percent of tabulation machines at Maricopa polling locations malfunctioned on Election Day. Voters were reportedly told they could leave their ballots in a designated box to be counted later.