Arizona State Senator-elect Kelly Townsend, currently a State House representative, confirms, after speaking with staff at the Maricopa County Registrar’s office, that the reports of voters in the regions Republican-minded voters who received voters through polling agents who allegedly rendered the ballots unusable are currently under official investigation and urges residents of Maricopa County to help with this effort.
In a post on Facebook, Townsend wrote that she had been informed that the Maricopa County Registrar’s Office “is checking spoiled ballots caused by the Sharpie incident.” Earlier today, reports revealed that voters were given notes for completing their paper ballots, rendering them unusable as the ballots strictly require an ink pen.
Further, Townsend reported that as of Wednesday night “the only observers are Democrats. No Republican volunteered to watch. Townsend then urged voters to contact Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelly Ward to volunteer as observers.
HOLY S ** T! @kelliwardaz, WHAT’S GOING ON!?!
GET REPUBLICARIES NOW !!!
This is how we lose AZ! pic.twitter.com/FnDIwz8uvG
– Chief America 1st Trumpster (Maricopa Vote Vet) (@ChiefTrumpster) November 5, 2020
Deanna and Leeann both agree that the best way to stop the theft is to make sure you see the people who voted at the rallies declare victory!
On SharpieGate, National File recently reported on a video that went viral, showing a voter explaining her experience with permanent markers in the voting booth. National file reported:
“There were two people in front of me who used the Sharpie given to them by the polling officers, it didn’t read their ballot and they slipped it there twice. I used a pen. I took their Sharpie, threw it out and read my ballot, ”the woman said.
“They had behind them a bowl of pens that they didn’t give people and only gave Sharpies,” she says as another woman appears to corroborate her story.
Additionally, the woman in the video says that after posting an account of her difficulty voting on a local Facebook chat, more voters described a similar experience, all appearing to revolve around an area surrounding the city of Gilbert, a strongly republican area.
“I posted it on my Facebook chat group in my neighborhood, they said they did it at the Queen Creek library, they did it at ASU Polytech earlier, like four different polls were doing Sharpies all in – like between Queen Creek and Gilbert’s Edge.
Fact-checkers say the use of Sharpies does not invalidate the ballots, however, despite reports that the issue is under investigation.
Arizona election irregularities led to an eruption of pro-Trump protests Wednesday night that included elected officials, including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who told the National File that “Biden and his thugs” will not “steal not this election ”.
Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Townsend as Senator Townsend. This article has been updated to recognize information presented by third-party fact checkers.
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