“The country is really closely divided in a lot of places,” Carlson told election-night co-anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, according to the Daily Caller.
“You’re going to have close election results,” he continued. “… People have to have confidence that those results are real, that they can trust the mechanics of the election.”
Carlson voiced his concerns after at least 20% of tabulation machines in Maricopa County, Arizona malfunctioned. Republicans filed litigation to extend voting hours, but the request was denied by a judge.
“What happened today in Maricopa County, where some huge percentage of voting machines, electronic voting machines—according to the Arizona Republic, 30%—they claim these are Dominion voting machines, but it almost doesn’t matter,” Carlson added.
Republican gubernatorial candidates, including Arizona’s own Kari Lake, slammed Maricopa County over the malfunctions, promising to fix the election system if they made it into office.
“We’re not really very serious about democracy if we’re using electronic voting machines, or for not requiring photo ID to vote,” Carlson said.
“We could have secure elections, we don’t because a small number of people don’t want them,” he continued. “But until we do, you’re going to have these moments where everybody in the country fears volatility, because one side doesn’t believe the result is real.”
Carlson went on to describe the news coverage from left-wing media outlets, many of which suggested electronic voting machines could be hacked.
“And you’ve seen it on both sides. You saw it yesterday, Democrats suggesting that electronic voting machines could be hacked. Democrats. This ran in Politico,” he said. “So, it’s not just the crazy right, it’s that everybody is losing faith in the system itself.”