Harold Hutchison, DCNF
Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for an end to the use of electronic voting machines Tuesday night, citing issues in Arizona where nearly one-fifth of the machines broke down.
At least 20% of tabulation machines in Maricopa County, Arizona, malfunctioned, leading Republicans to file litigation seeking extended voting hours. A judge denied the request.
“I feel so sorry for you, Bret, and Martha, because it will probably be a very late night for you, and a tense one. And it points up the problem. Look, the country is really closely divided in a lot of places,” Carlson told host Bret Bair. Pennsylvania is one. Nevada is another. Arizona. Lots of different places. And so, you’re going to have close election results…People have to have confidence that those results are real, that they can trust the mechanics of the election. And what happened today in Maricopa County, where some huge percentage of voting machines, electronic voting machines, according to The Arizona Republic, 30 percent, they claim these are Dominion voting machines, but it almost doesn’t matter.” (RELATED: When Dems Asked Swing Voters About Jan. 6 And ‘MAGA’ Threat To Democracy, They Brought Up The 2020 Riots)
“Electronic voting machines didn’t allow people to vote apparently. And that, whatever you think of it, the cause of it, it shakes people’s faith in the system. That is an actual threat to democracy,” Carlson continued.
Republican gubernatorial candidates blasted Maricopa County over the malfunctions, saying, “I hope it isn’t malice” before vowing to fix Arizona’s election system if elected. Former President Donald Trump narrowly lost Arizona in the 2020 election, a result confirmed by a report by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
“We’re not really very serious about democracy if we’re using electronic voting machines, or for not requiring photo ID to vote. We could have secure elections, we don’t because a small number of people don’t want them,” Carlson said. “But until we do, you’re going to have these moments where everybody in the country fears volatility, because one side doesn’t believe the result is real. And you’ve seen it on both sides. You saw it yesterday, Democrats suggesting that electronic voting machines could be hacked. Democrats. This ran in Politico. So, it’s not just the crazy right, it’s that everybody is losing faith in the system itself.”
“So, I hope if there’s one thing that comes out of this, and I hope it’s bipartisan, no more electronic voting machines. France doesn’t use them because they care about democracy,” Carlson said. “Require ID and then we can just call it a day, everyone knows the election results can be believed, and the temperature goes down. I really hope that happens.”
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