The Chairman of Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors has told CNN that there are around 400,000 ballots left to be counted in Arizona and that they won’t be done until “early next week.” The vote count has been stalled at about 70% counted for the past two days and Republicans are rightly outraged. Here are the comments from the chairman:
This is insanity.. there are 400,000 ballots left to be counted in Arizona and they won’t be done until “early next week”
We are not a serious country.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 10, 2022
Voters also faced problems with ballot scanners when they voted in person on Tuesday in Maricopa County. Both Kari Lake and Blake Masters trail slightly to Democrats in their races and many are questioning why the votes are not being counted. Maricopa County tweeted an apology for the scanner issue which they say affected 7% of voters on election day.
MESSAGE FROM BOS: To impacted voters, we recognize this isn’t how you pictured Election Day & we apologize for that inconvenience. We are committed to counting all legal votes and then finding the root cause of what happened so that it does not happen again. pic.twitter.com/lxcYN3PvQD
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) November 10, 2022
States that are much larger in population than Arizona, like Texas and Florida, are able to count all of their votes on election day partly because they count mail-in ballots before election day. Many are now demanding that Arizona implement this tactic to curb the insanity of week long vote counts.