‘GET IN LINE. STAY IN LINE. VOTE.’ Chaos when voting machines malfunction in key NJ, Ariz counties

Hours into midterm elections, reports of voting machine issues are rolling in, causing many to already question the validity of 2022 results.

New Jersey and Arizona are experiencing varying degrees of disruption, with a big breakdown in Mercer County, New Jersey where officials report a complete loss of machines across all districts.

“Due to a Mercer County-wide system outage, all voting machines are currently down in each district across the County,” West Windsor township said in a statement to residents, encouraging people to still visit polling places and vote on a standard ballot.

“The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue,” a post on the Mercer County, New Jersey Facebook page read.

“New Jersey’s 12 U.S. House races are atop the ticket for voters who’ll wrap up casting ballots [today] in this year’s midterm contest,” ABC6 reported. “Democrats are defending 10 seats to the Republicans’ two in the first election since congressional districts were redrawn after the 2020 census.”

In Arizona’s most populous county, officials have reported a whopping 20 percent of voting machines are malfunctioning at their 223 locations, causing Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake to stress the need for election reform.

“I am getting flooded with calls and text messages from people who are having trouble voting all over Maricopa County,” she tweeted. ” THIS is why we must reform our elections.”

Maricopa County officials said not every machine is broken and voters can still submit their ballots at most locations.

“Unfortunately we’ve had some hiccups with some of these tabulators,”  Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates told Fox10. “We might have one or two of these where occasionally the ballot will go into this tabulator and it does not accept it.”

Officials say the issues will not affect final vote counts.

“We’ve had a few tabulator issues at a couple locations where the tabulator isn’t immediately taking the ballot,” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said. “Instead it can either be Central count tabulated here, or if that issue can be addressed there, then it can be fed into the tabulator – or voters can go to any of the other 221 voting locations.”

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward questioned the competency of the recorder’s office.

“Up to 15 locations reported in Maricopa County with ‘tabulator malfunctions.’ Is this incompetence or malfeasance from [Stephen Richer]? Or both?” the former Arizona senator tweeted.

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk posted a video of a Maricopa County poll worker explaining to those in line that one of their machines was completely offline while the other “is taking about 75 percent successful.”

The 25 percent being misread will be sent “downtown” to be read manually, the poll worker said.

“No one is trying to deceive anybody,” he said.

But those in line found the assurances less than comforting.

“I don’t trust it going into the box, the box may never make it down there,” one registered voter replied. “I’ll come back.”

Senior advisor to former President Donald Trump called for record turnout to save democracy.

There are those who feel Lake’s opponent, current sitting Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, should not be involved with elections while on the ballot, making an already murky situation murkier.

Kari Lake and Charlie Kirk urged voters to stay the course:



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