Calls Emerge for Maricopa County Officials to Resign or Be Recalled After Election Problems

Activists are calling for resignations and recalls as Arizonans – along with the nation – await Maricopa County election officials’ announcements of the definitive results from Tuesday’s 2022 general election.

The state’s most populous county said that 30 percent of voting machine tabulation problems, causing lines of up to two hours in places. Maricopa County Member-at-Large Brian Ference says wants Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Bill Gates, chair of the Maricopa County Supervisors, to resign. Robert Canterbury, who unsuccessfully ran against Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman in 2020, is considering starting a recall against Gates, prompting State Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward to respond, “Let me know how I can help.”

Noting that the failures happened in the Republican-leaning precincts of the county, Ference stated on his website, “Recorder Stephen Richer, Chairman Bill Gates, and the other MCBOS failed miserably in administering the election on Tuesday and beforehand in failing to clean the voter rolls.”

He went on, “The machines failed horribly. An estimated 40,000+ Republican voters were disenfranchised or unable to vote. This is voter suppression. This is election interference. This is fraud. Richer and Gates must resign immediately.”

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