(Ben Sellers, Headline USA) On the same day that Arizona Democrats’ basement-hiding gubernatorial candidate, Katie Hobbs, asked voters to elevate her to the state’s highest office, the awful evidence of her current job performance was on full display in Maricopa County and other parts of the state.
Hobbs, the current secretary of state, who refused to recuse herself from the election administration in her own race, had another crisis on her hands with many of the voting machines having broken down entirely.
Man, what a coincidence Arizona is having election problems with the Democrat secretary of state running for governor and trailing in the polls. Between this, and bats that nest 900 kilometers away planting a virus in Wuhan, we've had some poopy luck lately.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) November 8, 2022
The only question that remained was whether the crisis—her second election disaster in as many years—was intentional or accidental.
“It’s the 2020 playbook all over again,” wrote political blogger/podcaster JD Rucker on Substack.
“They pick heavily populated voting districts under Democrat control,” Rucker explained. “They have some sort of malfunctions, water main breaks, or whatever else they can muster in order to get eyeballs off the vote counters so they can manufacture just enough miraculous votes to help Democrats win.”
During the 2020 race, voters posted about a long list of irregularities with the voting, including the use of sharpies and cheap printers on a print stock that allowed the mark to bleed through to the other side.
The list of ballots with irregularities was roughly 16 times greater than the narrow 10,457 vote margin that secured the state for Joe Biden and helped elect Democrat Mark Kelly to the evenly split U.S. Senate.
Hobbs, meanwhile, is running well behind political neophyte Kari Lake, the pro-MAGA Republican candidate, after having refused to debate Lake and falsely accusing her of breaking into the Democrat campaign headquarters.
The problems with the voting machines on Tuesday mean that many of the ballots will be set aside and tabulated later by a pair of election officials—one Republican and one Democrat—according to a local poll worker who explained the process on camera.
“Nothing’s working” pic.twitter.com/KfQBgZv5xq
— Hold the Line Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 8, 2022
Ironically, Hobbs herself recently attempted to block one rural Arizona county from performing a hand-tabulation of its ballots.
However, in Maricopa County, the Republican-led elections board already tipped its hand during the state’s effort to cooparate with an election audit by the state’s GOP-led legislature.
In fact, the board openly acknowledged that it obstructed the legally mandated audit by refusing to supply independent auditors with all the requested materials and attempting to hide some of the pertinent election data.
The broken machines also were compounding the issue of long lines at the polling places, potentially deterring some from voting altogether.
Long lines in Anthem, Arizona with Poll Workers explaining that the @maricopacounty machines are not working.
Do not get out of line! pic.twitter.com/lInh8KnTz3
— Tyler Bowyer 🇺🇸 (@tylerbowyer) November 8, 2022
It comes after several stories exposed Hobbs’s office for improperly sending ballots to thousands of unverified voters, including some from out of state.
Lake urged Republicans to be patient and stay in line.
No matter what you do today, do not sacrifice your vote. The stakes are just too high, Arizona. I love you all. Let’s win this thing.
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 8, 2022
Other GOP legal advisers warned that voters who already had checked in at a station with broken tabulators should especially wait it out to ensure their votes are counted, rather than attempting to cast a provisional ballot at a different polling place.
Prominent conservative attorney Harmeet Dhillon sought to reassure voters that there were watchdogs with many eyes on the situation who would not let the issues go unanswered.
Arizona voters — please be aware that there are dozens of Republican lawyers monitoring the tabulating situation in Maricopa County (and all AZ Counties), speaking with the county lawyers, and ensuring that votes WILL count. Please do your part and VOTE! We have your back! 🗳🇺🇸
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 8, 2022
Ben Sellers is the editor of Headline USA. Follow him at truthsocial.com/@bensellers.