“Here we go again”: Trump stokes Arizona conspiracy theories over Maricopa voting machine problems

By Areeba Shah
Here we go again

Maricopa County officials said Tuesday that around 20 percent of their 223 voting sites experienced issues with tabulation machines, prompting a surge of false voter fraud claims from former President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans.

“We’ve got about 20 percent of the locations out there where there’s an issue with the tabulator where some of the ballots, after people have voted, they try and run them through the tabulator and they’re not going through,” Bill Gates, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County board of supervisors, said in a video posted to Twitter.

His team is working to fix the problem as “quickly as possible”, but in the meantime, he added, voters could also place their ballots into a secure box that is affixed to the tabulator. Those ballots will be collected Tuesday night and be counted in a secure location.

In Phoenix, the Burton Barr Library voting location reported it was acting as a ballot drop-off-only site due to tabulation center issues. In this instance, poll workers entered the password incorrectly…

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