Maricopa County Election Judge Believes the Machines Were Programmed to Reject Ballots on Election Day

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The nation’s last undecided race for governor got even closer Sunday as Democrat Katie Hobbs’ lead shrank against Republican Kari Lake in the race to lead Arizona, but it was too early to call, according to the lapdog media and their associates. Of particular focus are ballots that were placed in a bin called Door #3, which are ballots that could not be read by voting machines because of low levels of ink.

As of Sunday, election officials were moving forward, and one report from an outspoken election judge in Maricopa County added scrutiny to the tactics of the machines, claiming that this confusion had to have been planned, according to her election day observations.

“Hobbs led by 26,000 votes, a 1-point margin, down about 10,000 votes from a day earlier,” Boston.com reported.

“Maricopa County has begun processing the so-called “Box 3″ ballots that were mistakenly printed too light for the tabulators to read,” CBS News reported, adding:

“County officials said those 17,000 ballots were brought into the tabulation room Thursday afternoon to begin the counting process. On Election Day, printing equipment at 70 polling places were mistakenly printing ballots with marks that were not dark enough for the tabulating machines to read.

Voters had the choice of placing those ballots in the box beneath the machine, which came to be known as “Box 3” or “Door 3.”

At the time, election officials said those ballots should be able to be read by the tabulating equipment back at county election headquarters.

The county originally said they hoped to have 95-99% of the ballots counted by Friday but said in a press conference Thursday the “goalposts have changed.” With the record number of ballots left to process, county election officials expect to be counting until early next week.

Jim Hoft reported about the election judge and what she said she saw happen on Tuesday:

“Michele Swinick was an election judge in Maricopa County on election day last week. Following the election, Michele stepped forward to discuss what she experienced in Maricopa County on Election Day.

Michele worked at a center in a heavily Republican district. According to Michele, the tabulators worked perfectly well the night before the election. Then on Election Day, they quit working. Only 1 in 10 ballots were accepted through the tabulators. The officials were told to put the defective ballots into a different section called “Door 3.”

Michele believes this was all planned. The election officials knew that Republicans were going to come out in force on election day as they did in the primary. This was a planned operation.”

UncoverDC reported:

Election judge Michele Swinick has come forward to report what she experienced in Maricopa County on Election Day. She worked Election Day as a judge at the Islamic Voting Center in Scottsdale, AZ. She reports that the center is heavily Republican, with “no party” designated voters as the second most populous demographic, followed by very few democrat voters, evidenced by the fact that she checked in very few of them on Election Day. She reports she spent the entire day checking in voters.

Swinick says that the tabulators all worked “perfectly” during the test the night before the election. The problem with scanning began immediately with the first ballots. Voters scanned their ballots between 4 and 12 times with very minimal success. Poll workers estimated about 1 in 10 ballots were being read for the first three hours of voting.

Voters were given options to either spoil their ballots and try again or drop them into a different section called “Door 3.” As per Swinick, their inspector had to empty the ballots from “Door 3” three times throughout the early afternoon because of the volume of ballots. Typically, ballots aren’t supposed to be removed from that box until polls close, but they made an exception because the box was jamming and became too full.

Swinick reports that the technician came to the center between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm MT and rebooted the machines. After this, there were no further issues with ballots being run through tabulators. She reported that one of the poll workers told her, “Everything is now going smoothly with the tabulators.”

Per Swinick’s inspector, an offsite supervisor had advised “Because of the situation” to put all “door 3” ballots that had not been scanned through a tabulator into a separate black bag and to label them “misreads.” As a judge, Michele told UncoverDC that she personally signed the sticker placed over the bag’s zipper, and then these bags were sent to the tabulation center to be counted. Michele informed us that the normal process for a ballot that is “unread” is for poll workers to run the ballots through the tabulators one more time before sending them to the center. As per Swinick, this was not done.

The County had set up a website to give voters the ability to check that their vote was counted. The problem is Michele has proven that the website isn’t correct and seems to be using a voter’s “check in” as evidence their vote was tabulated rather than the actual tabulation of the vote. Michele offered her first-hand proof of this.

“My roommate ran his ballot through the tabulators 15 times as one of the 1st voters at the Islamic Center. It did not read the ballot. He was forced to drop it in door #3.

About an hour after I arrived home at 9 pm MT, my roommate checked the website to see if his vote had been counted. The website reported it was. It is mathematically impossible for his vote to have been counted by then since only an hour before, I left the center, and the ballots had not been taken from the center to the meeting point where the ballots are hand exchanged to another transport team, which takes them to the tabulation center. For his ballot to have been counted, it would have also needed to be sorted and hand-counted by a team at that center and reported into the website —all within that hour.”

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