Fox News host Tucker Carlson reamed election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, after a number of glitches with electronic voting machines again caused angst and anguish as frustrated voters tried to cast ballots beginning early Tuesday, election day.
Officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, say they have found a solution after roughly 20% of their polling sites were experiencing “issues” with tabulation machines just hours after Election Day polls opened.
The county’s election department said it had identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers.
“This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations,” the Maricopa County Elections Department tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on ballots,” the county added.
But that’s the whole point, as far as Carlson is concerned: Voting machines continue to be problematic and cause no small amount of concerns about the validity of results, especially now, days later, when Arizona is still counting ballots.
“I feel so sorry for you, Bret, and Martha, because it will probably be a very late night for you and a tense one,” Carlson noted Tuesday evening as anchors Bret Baier and Martha McCallum were reporting results.
“And it points up the problem. Look, the country is really closely divided in a lot of places,” Carlson told Bair. “Pennsylvania is one. Nevada is another. Arizona. Lots of different places. And so, you’re going to have close election results…People have to have confidence that those results are real, that they can trust the mechanics of the election. And what happened today in Maricopa County, where some huge percentage of voting machines, electronic voting machines, according to The Arizona Republic, 30 percent, they claim these are Dominion voting machines, but it almost doesn’t matter.
“Electronic voting machines didn’t allow people to vote apparently. And that, whatever you think of it, the cause of it, it shakes people’s faith in the system. That is an actual threat to democracy,” Carlson continued.
Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates apologized for the glitches.
“Apologized yesterday,” he said on Wednesday. “I will do it again today. What happened yesterday we cannot have a repeat of. We are already looking very closely at what happened. Obviously, our team was able to come up with a fix yesterday for what happened. So that allowed those votes centers to get back online. But again, we are going to do a deep dive on this. This board will get to the bottom of exactly what happened, and we will do what needs to be done.”
But that didn’t matter to Carlson and millions of Arizonans who are fed up with the games around election time.
“We’re not really very serious about democracy if we’re using electronic voting machines, or for not requiring photo ID to vote. We could have secure elections, we don’t because a small number of people don’t want them,” Carlson said. “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. 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. So, it’s not just the crazy right, it’s that everybody is losing faith in the system itself.
“So, I hope if there’s one thing that comes out of this, and I hope it’s bipartisan, no more electronic voting machines. France doesn’t use them because they care about democracy,” Carlson said. “Require ID and then we can just call it a day, everyone knows the election results can be believed, and the temperature goes down. I really hope that happens.”
If she wins her gubernatorial race, Kari Lake plans to work on fixing Arizona’s broken balloting system on Day 1.
Kari Lake on Tucker Carlson:
On Day 1 she will declare an invasion on the border, and then next, she will declare a special legislative session to address Maricopa County’s chronic election embarrassments and restore trust in Arizona’s elections.? pic.twitter.com/xAcoB0WNLm
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 10, 2022