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Richer Throws Maricopa County Supervisors Under The Bus, Asks For Contributions To Campaign

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On Tuesday, in the middle of Election Day, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer threw the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors under the bus for the myriad of problems with election day voting. His message, from his campaign email account, came complete with a “Contribute” button at the bottom.

With one in five voting centers experiencing problems with printers and tabulators, causing county-wide chaos, Richer took the time away from his work to send out the email to supporters, pointing his finger at the Board:

November 8, 2022

I am very sorry for any voter who has been frustrated or inconvenienced today in Maricopa County.

Every legal vote will be tabulated. I promise.

State statute has long governed the division of labor in Arizona election administration. Broadly speaking, the County Recorder is responsible for voter registration and early voting. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for Emergency Voting, Election Day operations, and tabulation.

Since becoming Recorder in 2021, I have worked hard to improve voter registration and Early Voting, while also supporting the Board’s administration of Election Day operations and tabulation, as well as bolstering communications about elections holistically.

I will continue to do that today, and through the conclusion of this election. And I will continue to assist voters in any way I can.

The Board of Supervisors has now identified the problem and has begun fixing affected voting locations.

The Board of Supervisor is also advising all affected voters to do one of the following:

  • Place the ballot in “drawer 3.”  This secure ballot box is retrieved by bipartisan workers at the end of the evening and brought to our central tabulators.  This is the same methodology used for early voting, and it is the same methodology used on Election Day by most counties (including Pima County and Yavapai County)
  • Go to a different voting location. There are 223 voting locations, and the significant majority of them are unaffected. If you have already checked in, but want to cast your ballot at another site, you must first check out with a poll worker at the SiteBook to return the issued ballot. Then you will be able to vote at any of our locations. All locations can be found at Maricopa.Vote.

As has always been the case, every valid vote will be counted.

And has always been the case, I remain committed to helping in any way I can.

Stephen Richer
Maricopa County Recorder

P.S. We have received and verified over 900,000 early ballots, and those will be ready for release at 8:00 PM tonight when results first become available.

Richer has attacked many of his own supporters when they expressed concerns about the unprofessional handling of the 2020 Primary and General elections, despite the fact that Richer’s own 2020 campaign focused on those same complaints.

In fact, Richer was hired by the Republican Party to issue a report following complaints about former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes’ handling of the 2018 election cycle. Fontes is now the Democrat’s candidate for Secretary of State.

In a January 2019 preliminary report to then Party Chair Jonathan Lines, Richer noted several areas of concern with Fontes’ conduct in 2018, including Fontes’ decision to open emergency voting centers located in Democratic-controlled precincts, his decision to rehabilitate ballots after Election Day, and allegations of partisan behavior by Fontes.

Since that time, Richer has changed his tune to fit one that serves the “establishment Liz Cheney/John McCain wing” of the Republican Party, say his former supporters, who received the email….

Continue reading this article by Arizona Daily Independent.

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Maricopa County GOP To Formally Censure County Recorder RINO Stephen Richer TONIGHT After Tuesday Primary Election Debacle – MARICOPA STILL COUNTING

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Editors’ Note: The following article is published to report the frustration and disappointment with the conduct of the August 2nd primary election in Maricopa County under the leadership of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. The Prickly Pear interviewed Mr. Richer in 2020 as a candidate for the Recorder’s office when he ran against and defeated Adrian Fontes, a Democrat partisan with clear violations of his role as a nonpartisan Recorder conducting honest elections. Stephen promised to make the Recorder’s office “boring again” and stated publicly that Fontes was incompetent and had criminally violated the office. The 2022 primary election in Maricopa County speaks very poorly of Mr. Richer’s competence and we question his ability to manage the November general election and, critically, the 2024 election. We are not yet calling for his removal as stated in the following article but are watching closely his performance and behavior going forward.

Separately, we observed voter after voter (too numerous to count) arriving at our polling stations this past Tuesday, August 2nd, depositing their ‘mail-in ballots’ in the ‘mail-in ballot’ box located where we traditionally actually cast our vote in the voting booth with the result available for tabulation by the evening for announced election results. With 80-85% of Arizonans voting by mail-in ballot and ballots arriving in their mailboxes almost 30 days before election day, dropping these green envelopes off at polling stations the actual day of the election prevents a full counting for days to weeks, if ever, with significant opportunity for election fraud. Signature verification and actual recording of mail-in ballots are labor intensive and delay the final vote tallies for every office throughout the state. A future article at The Prickly Pear will examine this major issue of the voting mechanisms in our state with recommendations for voter education and reform of our broken electoral system.


Tonight, The Maricopa County Republican Committee will move to formally censure RINO Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, who ran on a platform of rooting out corruption in elections and cracking down on election fraud, but has done the exact opposite.

This resolution calls on Richer to resign or be permanently expelled from office by the voters through a recall.

Maricopa County had another corrupt election on Tuesday. The Gateway Pundit reported on the major fraud concerns and issues in Maricopa and statewide. We also reported that Maricopa County stopped the counting in the middle of the night on election night, just after Trump-Endorsed MAGA Queen Kari Lake took the lead.

Now, they’re still counting the ballots! The whole world is watching and wondering, what the hell is going on?

Maricopa County Member at Large Brian Ference introduced this resolution. He previously introduced a resolution to reject the 2020 Presidential Election Certification, which passed unanimously. Ference is a true Patriot.

Stephen Richer is currently overseeing the Primary Election debacle in Maricopa County, where the counting continues two days after the election.

Richer also fought against the Arizona 2020 Election audit every step of the way, in lockstep with the corrupt Maricopa County Supervisors. As we reported, he wrote fake hit pieces about the audit and frequently trashed it on cable news shows

However, The Gateway Pundit exclusively reported on undercover audio tapes revealing that Stephen Richer does not trust Dominion and agrees the 2020 election was compromised.

The calls for Stephen Richer to resign from office are growing. Tyler Bowyer called for this on Election night for his incompetence…..


Continue reading this article at The Gateway Pundit.