The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit in Arizona on Saturday over alleged rejected votes in Maricopa County.
The Trump campaign stated that because of alleged improper guidance provided by the poll workers, some in-person votes were disregarded.
When an overvote on a ballot is detected by a machine, poll workers should inform in-person voters of the error and provide them with an opportunity to correct the issue. Instead, poll workers in Maricopa County pressed a green button to override the error and told voters to press, ”the campaign said in a statement. "As a consequence, the machines disregarded the choices of the voters in the overvoted races."
The campaign and the RNC claim that poll workers who struggled to operate the new voting machines caused the problem and are asking the county to manually inspect any overridden in-person ballots, the same way poll workers handle mail-in or drop-off ballots.
The Maricopa County Recorder's Office did not respond to a request from The Epoch Times for comment immediately.
In Arizona, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is currently holding a narrow lead. Maricopa County is Arizona's largest electoral district, with both candidates contributing more than half of the votes.
Trump has been vocal over the past few days about the need to protect the sanctity of the ballot box while claiming that Democrats are trying to "steal" him from the election, in part by counting late-arriving ballots. Trump's legal teams argue that mail-in ballots posted by Nov. 3 but received after election day should not be counted and that "illegal votes" should also be considered votes that were counted without Republican observers present in the ballot counting centers.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, announced earlier in the day that Trump's re-election campaign would launch a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to challenge mail-in ballots counted without on-site Republican poll watchers.
We are going to file a federal lawsuit covering [Philadelphia] and Pittsburgh here, and we are going to have as many witnesses as the court needs. "There could be as many as 90 witnesses right now," Giuliani said.