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    Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake released an update Monday telling her followers that she is not backing away from her fight for the governor’s office and election reform in the state. “While we come together on this unifying issue of restoring honesty to our elections, rest assured, Arizona, nothing will stop me from putting everything I have into reforming elections here in Arizona and in America,” Lake said. An update on our Fight, Arizona: pic.twitter.com/tXrjrTFDc8 — Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 29, 2022 On Monday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) met and voted to certify the election, an election Lake called botched. She pointed out that many voting locations around the county experienced some kind of issue on Election Day. Printer problems caused ballots not to come out correctly, meaning the tabulators had troubled accepting the votes. While voters had the option to drop their ballot in “Door 3,” which Lake referred to as “a drawer,” lines at these voting centers still grew to abnormal lengths. “Maricopa County, where it took two weeks to count, is the poster...
    Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake doesn’t seem to be giving up the election fight just yet. In a new video released on Monday via her official Twitter account, Lake has a special message for the people in Arizona, claiming that the 2022 midterm election was “botched.” My message to the People of Arizona & the United States: pic.twitter.com/mtNBl7728S — Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 21, 2022 “Hi, this is Kari Lake, and I have a message to the people of Arizona and all Americans. 40 days ago, elections in Arizona officially started when mail-in ballots were sent out across our state. Election day was 13 days ago, and Maricopa County is still counting ballots,” Lake began. “Printer problems, tabulation errors, three hour long lines, and even longer, and confusing instructions given by election officials made this election day the most chaotic in Arizona’s history,” she added. She claimed an overwhelming amount of voters who turned out to vote for her were met with significant failures at voting sites. “Half of voting centers that opened for the first time on...
    Arizona Republicans' botched partisan audit of the 2020 presidential election may have come to an end but that hasn't quelled voting rights advocates' concerns about the fragile state of democracy. According to Local 10, the highly publicized audit appears to have fallen apart toward its end. From independent contractors jumping ship to Republican lawmakers withdrawing support for the effort, the audit has not improved much. The outcome of the so-called "forensic audit" has only added to the apprehension about the integrity of the effort as no substantial evidence of voter fraud has been discovered. According to critics and election audit experts, the effort is the epitome of "deeply flawed." "Not even a shred of being salvaged at this point," said Sen. Paul Boyer (R-Ariz.) when he publically condemned the audit back in May. "They've botched it at so many points along the way that it's irrecoverable." Although Boyer was one of the first lone Arizona state lawmakers to publically express disdain about the audit and its handling, he is no longer the only one. Last week, Sen. Michelle...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy. When the auditors stopped the counting and returned the ballots this week, it hadn’t gotten better. In the last week alone, the only audit leader with substantial election experience was locked out of the building, went on the radio to say he was quitting, then reversed course hours later. The review’s Twitter accounts were suspended for breaking the rules. A conservative Republican senator withdrew her support, calling the process “botched.” And the lead auditor confirmed what was long suspected: that his work was almost entirely paid for by supporters of Donald Trump who were active in the former president’s movement to spread false narratives of fraud. All this came nearly 100 days into a process that was supposed to take “about 60 days,” according to the Senate Republicans who launched it. And it’s not over yet. Contractors are now producing a report on...
    More On: NYC Mayoral Election 2021 Calls grow for NYC elections board overhaul after epic fail on mayoral tally BOE left in hands of ‘unqualified’ No. 2 before primary fiasco: source Trump slams NYC elections board after botched vote count BOE botched NYC mayoral primary results by including ‘test’ run Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams filed a preemptive lawsuit Wednesday to “ensure a fair and transparent election process” after the Board of Elections botched the June 22 primary outcome by accidentally including test results in the vote count, leading to 135,000 extra ballots. “Today we petitioned the court to preserve our right to a fair election process and to have a judge oversee and review ballots, if necessary,” Adams said in a statement. “We are notifying the other campaigns of our lawsuit through personal service, as required by law, because they are interested parties,” Adams said. “We invite the other campaigns to join us and petition the court as we all seek a clear and trusted conclusion to this election,” he added. The suit...
    More On: NYC Mayoral Election 2021 BOE botched NYC mayoral primary results by including ‘test’ run Now Democrats are tough on crime?: Goodwin New York’s Board of Elections is a travesty NYC mayoral primary race thrown into chaos as BOE botches vote count President Trump slammed the city Board of Elections Wednesday after the agency stupendously botched the mayoral primary vote count in its first-ever ranked-choice race. In a statement, the 45th commander-in-chief lamented the alarming errors by the agency, which failed to notice that 135,000 pre-election “test” ballots had been added to the count. “It was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” Trump said, referencing the Democratic primary frontrunner. “The fact is, based on what has happened, nobody will ever know who really won,” he continued. “Watch the mess you are about to see in New York City, it will go on forever. They should close the books and do it all over again, the old-fashioned way,...
    More On: board of elections New York’s Board of Elections is a travesty NYC mayoral primary race thrown into chaos as BOE appears to botch vote count Yang predicts who will come out on top as initial primary results come in More absentee ballots returned from districts backing Adams than others: analysis The too-close-to-call Democratic primary race that will likely decide New York’s next mayor was thrown into disarray after election officials admitted they accidentally included “test” results in the vote count, resulting in 135,000 extra ballots. The botching of the city’s first ranked-choice election was first flagged by front-runner Eric Adams, who pointed out that preliminary results from the Board of Elections showed that 941,832 votes were cast for the Democratic mayoral nomination, a huge increase of from the 799,827 that were counted on Primary Day last week. The BOE clarified their screw-up in a tweet Tuesday night. “It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS),” the board said of the fiasco in a Tuesday night tweet. “When...
    New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● NY-22: In a scathing ruling, a state judge excoriated seven local boards of election for botching the administration of last month's election in New York's 22nd Congressional District and ordered officials to fix their many errors, which could result in more than a thousand untallied ballots getting counted. Last week, Judge Scott DelConte ordered all eight county boards to produce official tallies in the race between Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney, which showed Tenney up by just 12 votes. However, that result is now almost certain to change in one direction or another. DelConte's lengthy opinion details officials' astonishing series of lapses by election officials, which most notoriously included failing to properly record objections to disputed ballots on the ballots themselves, as required by state law. Instead, in multiple counties, objections were recorded on sticky notes affixed...
    One America News Network (OAN), the media entity popular among supporters of President Donald Trump, ran a sensational story this week alleging that numerous U.S. voting machines were illegally connected to the open internet. Hide
    Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers both mocked President Donald Trump’s botched attempt at a coup on their Wednesday night shows — going after Republicans for trying to steal the election in Michigan.  On Tuesday the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refused to certify the Michigan county’s ballot count, as the two Democrats voted to approve President-elect Joe Biden’s overwhelming victory while two Republicans voted against it, refusing to validate it. The same day, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson shut down efforts by local Republican officials to block the certification of Biden’s victory in the county while on MSNBC. Following the events, the late-night hosts could not miss the opportunity for mocking Trump and his party’s failed efforts at election theft. “Bad news first: the president is actively working to undermine our democracy, usurp the will of the people, and hold onto power in violation of our Constitution,” Colbert said on The Late Show. “Good news: He’s really bad at it. The president is desperate to somehow throw out the votes for Biden, but like everything else in his administration, it’s a race between...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid was widely ridiculed on Monday night for falsely claiming that Nate Silver’s data-driven website FiveThirtyEight was named after the margin of Florida votes during the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  “Here's the thing: the reason there's a thing called @FiveThirtyEight is because 538 was the margin in FL when the Republican SCOTUS reversed the 2000 election during a recount, making Dubya the president. That's the kind of margin where races can flip. That's not what's up now,” Reid tweeted when trying to make a point that the 2020 presidential election isn’t close enough to be challenged by President Trump.  MSNBC’S JOY REID: CLOSE ELECTION SHOWS WIDESPREAD ‘RACISM, ANTI-BLACKNESS, ANTI-WOKENESS’ IN AMERICA But the MSNBC host was dead wrong about the origins of Silver’s website, which is extremely popular in the media industry.  “This site is named after the number of electors in the Electoral College, a number which, since the passage of the 23rd Amendment in 1961, has been fixed at 538,” Silver wrote in 2009.  New York Post reporter Jon Levine noticed Reid’s misinformation and...
    A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the coronavirus task force claims President Trump once said coronavirus might be a good thing because he wouldn’t have to shake hands with “disgusting people.” Olivia Troye left Pence’s team in August, but before that worked as Homeland Security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser for him for two years. She said that by mid-February the White House knew COVID-19 would become a pandemic. In an ad by Republican Voters against Trump, Troye said Trump remarked in a coronavirus task force meeting: “Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” “I have been a Republican my entire life,” she said. “I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis. At this point it’s country over party.” “The truth is he doesn't actually care about anyone else but himself,” she said, adding that Trump was most concerned about tanking the economy in an election year. PENCE SAYS TRUMP WAS 'STRAIGHT'...
    Friday, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski delivered an emotional rant against President Donald Trump for his “botched” handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After slamming him for lying multiple times in the previous day’s press briefing, Brzezinski blamed Trump for many of the country’s coronavirus deaths because he did not take it seriously enough. She also accused him of “pathetically” trying to “cheat like a sixth-grader” in the 2020 presidential election. “Talk about a ditzy, stupid, botched response to a pandemic that is killing tens of thousands of people — over 160,000 right now. This is on you. Many of those deaths, Mr. President, are on you and your terrible response to this virus — obvious, terrible response,” Brzezinski exclaimed before later saying, “There’s nobody who has been more wrong about this than President Donald Trump. Look at the facts. Look at the numbers.” “Families losing people by the day. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and yes, yes, President Trump, little children actually die from the coronavirus,” she continued. “Maybe not as many, but you say that children miraculously just...
    Puerto Rico polling station sign reads "Ballots have not arrived". “Ballots have not arrived,” reads a sign at a polling station in Puerto Rico. This was the story at multiple locations across the island for Sunday’s primary election for governor, resident commissioner (non-voting representative to Congress), and for the legislature. The finger-pointing to place blame has already begun, with much of it falling upon the president of the Elections Commission, Juan Ernesto Dávila. However, the party in power, headed by appointed Governor Wanda Vázquez—who is running for reelection—is catching a ton of flak as well. Here on the mainland, right-wingers like Geraldo Rivera have gotten into the act, mindlessly and inaccurately blaming Democrats. The end result is that some of the polling locations are scheduled for a redo next Sunday. Currently, the results at others where there were long delays will stand, even though many people went home in disgust after waiting for hours, masked, in long lines in the hot sun, waiting to cast their ballots.  Dánica Coto, reporting for the Associated Press was on top of the breaking story, entitled “Puerto...
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