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RNC Committeeman Posts Photo of Disturbing Way His AZ Ballot Was Printed

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Arizona Republican National Committee member Tyler Bowyer said that the tabulator where he went to vote would not accept his ballot because the print quality was too poor.

“I just voted in person in MESA & this is how it printed,” he tweeted.

“The reader rejected it & had we not inspected the ballot before voting we likely would have been told just to leave the ballot behind. The Poll Chief reprinted a new ballot. She said this is an ongoing issue with printers!” Bowyer added.

In 2017, Mesa, east of Phoenix in Maricopa County, was named the most conservative city in the United States, so it is definitely a Republican stronghold in Arizona.

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Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates confirmed about 1 in 5 of the ballot tabulation machines were not working as of Tuesday morning.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake encouraged her supporters to go to Democratic strongholds in the county to vote.

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Lake tweeted, “Democrat areas are less crowded & are experiencing fewer problems. (Downtown Phx, South Phx, Tempe) Take friends & VOTE! VOTE NO MATTER WHAT!”

Tempe is where Arizona State University is located.

She encouraged people to check the Maricopa County Election Department website for polling locations.

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Lake tweeted detailed instructions to her supporters, writing only as a last resort to submit their ballot in slot below the ballot tabulator (“Door 3”) — to be counted at the Maricopa County Elections Department later in the day.

Elliott Echols, political director for the Republican National Committee, tweeted, “Our attorneys and volunteers are on the ground working to solve this” issue with the tabulators.

Echols shared video Bowyer posted from Anthem, Arizona on the north side of Phoenix, which is another Republican stronghold in Maricopa County. It is also where The Western Journal happens to be located.

The tabulator machines were not working, as of this morning, and long lines had formed.

Republicans historically vote in much larger numbers on Election Day than Democrats.

In the 2020 general election, Election Day-voters strongly favored President Donald Trump over Democrat Joe Biden.

In the August primary in Arizona, Election Day-voters put Lake over the top of the establishment Republican pick, Karrin Taylor Robson, who took a significant lead on election night as the early voting totals came in.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith