Midterms: technical incidents during voting, Republicans revolt

Locally, voting was disrupted due to technical problems affecting certain machines. Donald Trump condemned what happened.

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DAmerican conservatives, led by Donald Trump, condemned technical incidents at polling stations for the midterm elections on Tuesday, with the former US president going so far as to call on his supporters to “competition”. “The attorney vote in Detroit is not going well. People come to vote and hear the answer themselves: sorry, you already voted,” said Donald Trump on the Truth social network.

“It happens in large numbers and in other places. Challenge, challenge, challenge! “, Hammered the American billionaire who never recognized defeat in the 2020 presidential election. The independent organization Vote.org confirmed in a press release that there were “technical problems with voting machines in certain states.” “This can happen, and election workers and state officials are working hard to address these issues and provide voters with other options to vote today,” the organization added.

Voting in Arizona’s most populous Maricopa County, which includes the Grand Canyon state capital Phoenix and the surrounding area, was disrupted by technical problems affecting some machines. “Approximately 20%” of the county’s 223 polling stations are experiencing “problems” with the machines responsible for reading the ballots, Bill Gates, director of the agency that oversees the region, explained on Twitter. It is around this county with a population of 4.5 million that a large part of the dismissed charges related to election fraud in 2020 have been concentrated in this state where Joe Biden ran in front of Donald Trump. “We are trying to solve this problem as soon as possible,” said Bill Gates, assuring that this did not prevent voters from voting.

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“Alternative Solution”

If a problem arises, an “alternative solution” is provided, he insisted. Voters can place their ballots in a “secure box,” which will then be opened “in the evening” to count the votes with the machines in operation. They can also go to another polling station. AFP journalists noted that as soon as operations opened at 6 o’clock in the morning, there was a problem with the machines of one of the polling stations located in the library in the center of the city. Only voters who produced a ballot paper sealed in an envelope could keep it, while others were asked to go to another office 500 meters away.

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Joe Biden’s 2020 victory over Donald Trump by almost 10,000 votes in advance is enough to fuel the mistrust of some Arizonans in this southwestern state, which continues to be contested by Republican candidates. . “This machine should have been tested a long time ago, last week,” disgruntled Republican voter Donald Newton, who managed to vote in a neighboring office, told AFP and firmly believes the 2020 election was “stolen”.

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Like many people interviewed by AFP over the past two weeks, the octogenarian subscribes to the far-right documentary-inspired conspiracy thesis that ballot boxes will be stuffed in 2020. who did not want to reveal his name, went to another polling station. “This isn’t just happening in Arizona,” Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelly Ward said on Twitter. Before the ballot, sometimes armed observers looked at metal ballot boxes, similar to mailboxes, where voters in Arizona could place their ballots in advance. “First Arizona, now New Jersey,” tweeted Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, known for her extreme actions.

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