In what is turning out to be a major national embarrassment, Arizona still has over 600,000 ballots left to count which is over a quarter of the total number of votes. The vote count has been stalled at about 70% counted for the past two days and Republicans are rightly outraged. Voters also faced problems with ballot scanners when they voted in person on Tuesday in Maricopa County. Both Kari Lake and Blake Masters trail slightly to Democrats in their races and many are questioning why the votes are not being counted. Maricopa County tweeted an apology for the scanner issue which they say affected 7% of voters on election day.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?: We are still investigating. The printer settings were the same ones we used in the August Primary & the paper was the same thickness. Prior to the General Election, @maricopavote test-printed and test-tabulated hundreds of ballots without issue. pic.twitter.com/5en4R5Aid2
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) November 10, 2022
States that are much larger in population than Arizona, like Texas and Florida, are able to count all of their votes on election day partly because they count mail-in ballots before election day. Many are now demanding that Arizona implement this tactic to curb the insanity of week-long vote counts.