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Electoral officials repeat efforts after incidents in US elections

Electoral officials repeat efforts after incidents in US elections


Election officials remove ballots from a drop box on November 8, 2022 in Maricopa County, Arizona. afp_tickers

This material 09 November 2022 – 03:30 . was published on

(AFP)

Unfounded allegations of fraud in the United States elections gained strength with separate incidents this Tuesday, increasing pressure on officials to redouble efforts to reassure citizens of the electoral system’s credibility.

Midterm elections for governors, deputies and senators are held in the United States on Tuesday, also considered a silent presidential referendum.

Tensions rose in Arizona, where Republican candidates insist on ignoring the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, when Democrat Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump.

In this state, the conservative party filed a legal appeal to extend election hours that was rejected by the courts, while former President Donald Trump insisted that a small number of damaged machines were evidence of fraud.

Maricopa County officials said a minority of 223 vote centers reported problems.

Maricopa became ground zero for Trump-driven election denial after his 2020 loss.

Biden’s margin on Trump was narrow in Arizona with only 10,000 votes. Maricopa played an important role in this victory.

But in a rural area of ​​the state, which has voted Republican in the past, his victory was questioned and gave rise to conspiracy theories.

“We have about 20% of centers with incidents on the table,” said Bill Gates, chief of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who stressed that it does not affect the credibility of the process.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Maricopa Elections Department announced on Twitter that they had resolved the incidents.

Gates assured that damaged machines would not affect the result, which is also guaranteed by a dual system that treats printed ballots as protected and aggregated by the electoral body.

– stress –

Trump and his supporters have spent the past two years claiming that the ballot boxes are full, despite the fact that several investigations, including one funded by the Republican Party, found no evidence of this.

But Republican governors and Senate candidates push theories of fraud.

The US system allows for early voting, so ballots can be discarded on Election Day or mailed weeks before the election.

In Arizona, masked men, some with guns, haunted these elections for days, convinced they could be negotiated, a situation some voters found intimidating.

Local authorities have stepped up their efforts to guarantee voters.

But some Republicans used Tuesday’s separate incidents to accuse him of fraud.

Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake admitted she had no trouble voting, but criticized the events and suggested they may have been intentional.

“There are reports from Arizona that voting machines are not working properly, primarily in Republican/Conservative areas,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social Platform.

“Could it be as true as if most Republicans waited today to vote? Again?” He added.

His supporters in line to vote in Maricopa agreed.

“It’s happening again,” said one person, who did not want to be identified.

– “resilience” –

In Georgia, where Democratic Governor Raphael Warnock is running for re-election against Trump-backed former football player Herschelle Walker, county officials have reported an incident with the distribution of some ballots.

Some of the more than 1,000 affected voters chose to exercise their authority in some other way, while others will have time to send ballots before voting tonight.

In Texas, in Harris County — the third most populous in the United States — voters were facing closed doors, long lines and some machines not working, as the Washington Post reports.

Vote.org, a non-partisan organization, said isolated incidents would not affect the results.

“There are reports of machines not working in various states,” CEO Andrea Halley said.

“As it happens, election officials and officials are working very hard to sort out these incidents and reassure voters that their rights are guaranteed.”

“Such transparency shows the strength and resilience of our democracy.”

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