United States Elections: Incidents reported with voting machines and mail-in ballots

United States Elections: Incidents reported with voting machines and mail-in ballots

The mid-term elections in the United States take place normally this Tuesday, although Incidents have been recorded in the voting machinesvoting by mail and with two election officials in some of the largest constituencies by population.

One of them is Maricopa (Arizona), the second largest electoral district in the United States, where there are problems with the voting machines in some centers. The Maricopa Elections Department, which has 233 polling places, announced Tuesday that 10% of the centers were experiencing problems with the voting machines.

In a subsequent news conference, county election officials raised the figure to 20%, which would be about 40 polling places. Even so, the authorities stressed that voters can deposit their ballots in a secure box and that will be counted later.

Maricopa is once again an electoral controversy

Maricopa was already the center of controversy in the 2020 presidential electionwhere Democrat Joe Biden won Donald Trump by 45,000 votes, after a second recount of the ballots and amid unfounded allegations of fraud by the second.

Former Republican President (2017-2021) who has used, throughout this Tuesday, his profile on his social network TRUTH to echo baseless complaints about the integrity of the electoral process, criticized that Maricopa was once again the focus of problems.

Election officials are ousted in Fulton, Georgia

Secondly, in Fulton County, Georgiatwo election officials who were at the 2021 Capitol storming they were expelled from a voting center minutes before the day began.

Regina Wallera spokesperson for Fulton County, which concentrates part of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, reported at a press conference that a mother and her son “were stripped of their duties due to questionable content on their social networks.”

The spokeswoman did not go into further details, but local media identified the woman as Laura Kronenwho published on social networks a photograph of his participation in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021when a mob of Trump supporters tried to prevent the ratification of Biden’s victory.

Kronen published this Tuesday on her social networks that she and her son were expelled as poll workers for having published that they were going to “guarantee free and fair elections”. Georgia is one of the central points of the mid-term elections, since together with states such as Pennsylvania and Nevada, could tip the balance of the Senate towards a Democratic or a Republican majority.

Trump lost in this key state by just 11,000 votes in 2020 in front of Biden, a narrow margin that was used by the Republican to denounce electoral fraud and force a second recount, which confirmed the Democrat’s victory. Precisely, the Fulton County prosecutor, Fani Willis, is the one leading the investigation into Trump’s attempts to invalidate the election result in the state of Georgia in 2020.

Problems with voting machines also in Mercer, NJ

Meanwhile, on the east coast of the country, in Mercer County, New Jersey, a problem with the voting machines has caused voters to vote manually this Tuesday, inserting the ballot into an “emergency slot” that they have the machines.

in Pennsylvania still it is not known whether some 4,000 mail-in ballots will be taken into account in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties, which are some of the largest constituencies by population in the country. The Democratic candidate for the federal Senate for this state, John Fettermanwent to court on Monday for those votes to be counted, despite the fact that some are undated or have an incorrect date, alleging that excluding them would be unconstitutional.

Recently, Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered state counties not to count incorrectly dated or undated mail-in ballots in the envelopes that contain them. Fetterman’s race against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz is one of the most important races for Democrats for the nation’s Senate.

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