In the governor’s race, Cari Lake (R), former newscaster, is up against Katie Hobbs (D), current AZ Secretary of State.
Katie’s duties in her current role include being the head election administrator. Despite the apparent conflict of interest in being in charge of administering an election where she’s the candidate, she would not recuse when asked.
ACT 1: HARDWARE SNAFU
On election morning, roughly a quarter of the tabulation machines in a GOP heavy area of Maricopa County didn’t work. For hours. There was a tweet around 6pm saying they’d been fixed.
The most generous scenario is that in an election on which she claims the future of democracy hinges… she either lacked the time or the good sense to make sure every piece of hardware in every county was tested and retested and certified to be functional BEFORE election day.
So the generous scenario is that Katie Hobbs exhibited gross incompetence and dereliction of duty in office. We have elections at two year intervals. You couldn’t PLAN for this.
Some voters were turned away. Some that’d checked in and went elsewhere to vote would not get there vote counted for checking in multiple places. Some never got to vote because the state refused to extend the voting hours at locations where voters had been delayed by the state’s errors.
ACT 2: THE SLOW ROLL
That night when the first votes were announced, Katie was in the lead. She remained so until the vote dump the next morning, when the results brought Kari Lake to less than percent of her tally.
Suddenly the count became VERRRY SLOWWWW. The whole day the percent of votes counted remained at 66%.
That event, the percentage catapulted to 67%… and Cari Lake is now 2/10 of 1% behind.
Bear in mind, the one about to get passed is the chief election administrator for the state.
This disaster is still in progress. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. The optics are terrible. Florida had their votes counted so fast their races were called before polls closed in the next time zone.
What exactly is it taking Arizona days to do? Whatever it is, it isn’t vote counting.
ON A RELATED NOTE
Somebody told me Katie Hobbs is best suited for a job at Burger King.
Most people want to get their meal the same day they order it.