Maricopa County officials are accused of violating the law that requires them to have an equal number of poll workers from each party in the highly flawed 2022 Primary Elections.
The Gateway Pundit previously reported on the election day incompetence in Maricopa County, where Republican voters were turned away from the polls due to printer malfunctions, ballots not being available, and faced issues stemming from the County’s felt-tipped pen recommendation.
We also reported that Maricopa County stopped the counting in the middle of the night on election night, just after Trump-Endorsed Kari Lake took the lead. It took the County over a week to finish the tabulation process.
Similar election day discrepancies were reported in Arizona’s three largest counties. Multiple polling locations in Pinal County even ran out of Republican ballots, and voters were prevented from voting.
Two days after Election Day, The Maricopa County Republican Committee formally censured Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, citing his election maladministration, which “resulted in significant failures (including reports of printers and scanners not working and the Pentel felt-tip pen smearing and not drying), unnecessary delays, and irregularities; all of which significantly tarnishing the reputation of Maricopa County on the national stage.”
And now, a letter from RNC attorney Eric Spencer may explain these issues.
145 more Democratic activists than Republicans were hired by the RINO-controlled County to watch the polls. Eleven polling locations were not assigned any Republicans.
Additionally, the receiving and inspection boards, responsible for receiving and inspecting ballots and ballot chain of custody, were filled with just ten Republican employees compared to 58 Democrats.
Arizona law requires election officials to hire “an equal number” of Republican and Democrat election inspectors at all voting locations.
However, Maricopa county, which was the focus of several lawsuits and a contested recount stemming from the 2020 presidential election, hired over 100 more Democrat poll workers than Republicans during its August primary elections.
While Maricopa county hired 857 Democrat poll workers, the county only had 712 Republicans.
In a letter sent to Maricopa County Attorney’s office, Eric H. Spencer, who works for a firm that represents the RNC with respect to oversight of Arizona election administration, demanded answers about the disparity in poll workers.
Although Maricopa County Republican Committee chairwoman Mickie Niland provided the county with a list of “several hundred” Republican poll worker names ahead of the primary election, the letter revealed that 11 vote centers ended up with no GOP election inspectors at all.
Spencer also highlighted a “significant disparity between political parties in the central processing boards utilized at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC) during the primary.”
Only ten Republican poll workers ended up in the “receiving/inspection boards,” compared to 58 Democrats. This disparity would violate the state’s election procedures manual, which requires each central board to be “comprised of two members of different political parties.”
The RNC is requesting a written explanation as to why an equal number of Republican poll workers were not appointed for the primary and why the county did not utilize the list of names chairwoman Niland provided.
Further, the RNC requested any written documentation “that demonstrates the County’s efforts to hire Republican poll workers at the 11 voting locations in question.”
The letter also revealed that Maricopa county required some poll workers to make multi-day or multi-week commitments and work long or late hours.
“Rigorous working conditions are not uncommon during an election, but the County has artificially limited its pool of board workers (especially Republican board workers) by refusing to allow more manageable shifts,” Spencer wrote.
The RNC is also requesting an answer as to why the county could not provide greater flexibility for work hours “in light of the substantial Republican volunteer workforce ready and willing to serve.”
The letter to Maricopa county comes after the RNC pressed Kalamazoo, Michigan, for hiring 132 Democrats compared to 60 Republicans, and Flint, Michigan, for hiring just 27 Republicans compared to 442 Democrats.
The RNC demanded a response from Maricopa County officials no later than September 16.
It is critical that the County provide this information as soon as possible, and no later than September 16, in order to assure the RNC and countless stakeholders that the requisite number of Republican workers will be recruited, trained, and assigned to all locations and positions for the forthcoming general election.
Nobody is above the law, and Maricopa County must be held accountable before the General Elections.