Judge Denies Request To Extend Voting Hours

(FreedomBeacon.com)- During Tuesday’s election, Arizona’s Maricopa County once again landed in the spotlight after voting machines in over 25 percent of voting locations experienced a printer issue that caused malfunctions in the tabulation machines.

Republicans filed an emergency request to get voting extended in Maricopa County by three hours

A Maricopa County judge called an emergency hearing Tuesday just hours before the polls closed but declined to extend the deadline.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blasted Democrat Secretary of State (and gubernatorial candidate) Katie Hobbs for the widespread problems in the state which she called “completely unacceptable.”

McDaniel said the RNC had “dozens of attorneys and thousands of volunteers” who were working to solve the problem and making sure voters had the chance to “make their voices heard.”

Maricopa County recorder, Republican Stephen Richer, quickly passed the buck, saying on Twitter, “We are not responsible for Election Day or tabulation.”

According to ABC15’s data and political analyst Garret Archer, Republican lawyers told the judge they would challenge the fight over the conditional provision ballots cast by individuals who checked in at a polling location but left due to the tabulation issues.

Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward was the first to report the tabulation issues occurring in Maricopa County polling places on Tuesday morning. Shortly afterward, local media confirmed that at least one tabulation machine in Maricopa County was having a problem. Later in the morning, local outlets as well as county officials reported that as many as one in five polling locations were having problems.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake used Twitter to urge voters to follow the suggestions of county officials. Both Lake and Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters urged supporters to remain in line and wait until their vote is counted.

Adding insult to injury, Arizona’s vote counting was still underway on Friday.

Wednesday night, state officials said over 600,000 ballots still had to be processed and around 340,000 of those were from Maricopa County.