Arizona voting tabulation machines examined in court

The plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi to order the removal of electronic machines from elections so Arizona’s two largest counties employ a hand count instead.

Author: Joe Dana 12 News

 A federal judge has heard arguments from both sides in a lawsuit involving election tabulation machines in Arizona.

The lawsuit pits two high-profile candidates against each other, Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake and Democrat candidate Katie Hobbs, who is also Secretary of State.

Lake, along with Republican Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem, is suing the Arizona Secretary of State’s office and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, claiming tabulation machines cannot be trusted and should not be used to count votes.

The plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi to order the removal of electronic machines from elections so Arizona’s two largest counties employ a hand count instead.

“We’re hoping we can get rid of these electronic voting machines. We know they are very easily corruptible. They can be hacked very easily,” Lake said Thursday morning in an interview with 12News. Lake has espoused at least four different election conspiracy theories that are baseless.

“This is quite frankly a waste of court resources and a waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Katie Hobbs Thursday morning during a news conference.

A witness for the defense, Maricopa County Elections Director Scott Jarrett, testified a hand count would require 25,000 temporary employees and 2 million square feet of space. Jarrett compared the space needed for such an operation to State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

“This would take forever,” Jarrett said. He added the county is struggling to get 3,000 temporary workers for the August primary election.

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