Court Blocks Republican Bid To Extend Maricopa Voting Hours

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The Arizona Superior Court turned down a Republican legal request Tuesday to extend voting hours in Maricopa County until 10 p.m. local time, AZFamily reported, in light of voting delays and voting machine issues.

Malfunctions reportedly beset ballot tabulation devices and printers at more than 35% of Maricopa County’s voting centers, with County Registrar Stephen Richer pledging that every legal vote would still be tabulated. The lawsuit featuring the RNC, National Republican Senatorial Committee, gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters called for extending operating hours at all the county’s voting centers to 10 p.m. and stopping the release of early tabulation results there until an hour later, but the court declined to do so, according to AZ Family.

Polls are set to close at 7 p.m. local time, with early results being released at about 8 p.m., the outlet reported.

“The widespread issues – in an election administered by Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs – are completely unacceptable, especially as Republicans flock to the polls to vote in-person on Election Day,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel had tweeted. (RELATED: Dem, Media Claims About Foreign Election Meddling Are Overblown, Hard To Prove: Experts)

Masters led the Senate race 48% to 47% over Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly in a Friday Emerson College poll. A Nov. 5 to 7 Trafalgar Group poll saw Lake ahead of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs 50.5% to 46.9%.

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