Ariz. state lawmaker accuses Maricopa County GOP chief of failing to certify voting machines, tells her to resign

A Republican state representative in Arizona is calling on Maricopa County’s top GOP officials to resign after accusing them of failing to certify electronic voting machines ahead of Election Day.

“I just found our that Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rae Chornenky failed to show up to certify the Dominion / Machines.  For this reason, I call for her resignation, along with her 1st Vice Chair,” Rep. Kelly Townsend wrote on Twitter Monday evening.

In a follow-up tweet Monday night, Townsend repeated her call in a post that included a photo of what appears to be a state “Certificate of Accuracy” for voting equipment.

“I formally & publicly call on Rae Chornenky  & 1st Vice Chair Linda Brickman (who should have been there in her stead if she could not make it) to resign effective immediately.  This is 100% unacceptable & has contributed to the collapse of Arizona voter confidence,” she wrote.

The certificate, dated Oct. 6, contains the signatures of three officials with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office and one from the Democratic Party. No Republican officials appear to have signed the document.

A Twitter account listed as “Rae Chornenky” responded to Townsend’s second tweet with this post: “I’ll tell you what, I’ll resign when you sprout even an ounce of integrity and obtain the intelligence to check your facts before spreading filth about a person whom you don’t know on a topic about which you have not the slightest clue.”

Townsend answered, “Not a surprising response.  Do you want to establish publicly that I am wrong?  I will be ordering the sign in sheets from the Pre-L&A, will your name be on it?  Will any Republican’s name be on it?  Was Gina forced to watch from behind glass?  Why were you not on top of things?”

The back-and-forth comes as ballots in Arizona continue to be counted a week after polls closed in the state. On Election Night, Fox News and some other media outlets called the state for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, though most outlets have since declared the state undecided.

In the days since, President Donald Trump has chipped away at Biden’s lead and is, as of this writing, within striking distance of overtaking the former vice president.

It also comes as questions have arisen regarding Dominion Voting Systems which were used in Maricopa County, as well as locations in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Michigan.

On Friday, Democrat Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s secretary of state, addressed concerns about a “software glitch” that handed Biden some 6,000 votes that were supposed to have been cast for President Trump.

“The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim County was a result of an accidental error on the part of the Antrim County Clerk,” she told a press conference.

“The equipment and software did not malfunction and all ballots were properly tabulated. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results.”

But voting-machine experts cast doubts on her claims.

“[I]t’s plausibly human error, but if a simple screw-up could cause these problems, that sounds like a technical design flaw,” University of Michigan computer science professor J. Alex Halderman told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s natural to wonder whether similar problems could have occurred in other jurisdictions that use the same machine.”

Other glitches involving Dominion machines have been reported as well.

“Voters were unable to cast machine ballots for a couple of hours in Morgan and Spalding counties after the electronic devices crashed. … The counties use voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems and electronic poll books — used to sign in voters — made by KnowInk,” Politico reported.

“‘The companies ‘uploaded something last night, which is not normal, and it caused a glitch,’ said Marcia Ridley, elections supervisor at Spalding County Board of Election. That glitch prevented pollworkers from using the pollbooks to program smart cards that the voters insert into the voting machines.”

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said Friday that state officials should take a closer look at Dominion machines in Maricopa County.

“Isn’t it interesting that we’re now finding out that the voting machines that are in Maricopa County, specifically only in Maricopa County, are the same voting machines that are in Clark County, Nevada, and happen to be the only voting machines that are in Georgia,” he told NewsmaxTV.

“These are the same voting machines that actually were decertified by the state of Texas and they pulled their RFP [request for proposal] with North Carolina when they had to disclose the venture capital behind them,” he added.

Texas rejected the Canada-based Dominion machines a year ago after officials in the state uncovered “multiple hardware issues” which prevented them from certifying they were safe from “fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation.”

Jon Dougherty

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Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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