Man Puts Curse on Maricopa County Officials During Debate Over Election

Members of the public attended a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday to voice their concerns with the county’s five governing officials. One man was so frustrated with the supervisors that he put a curse on the members during his allotted two minutes of speaking time.

On Election Day, Maricopa County voting centers experienced malfunctions in which tabulation machines weren’t counting each vote. Allegedly, the uncounted ballots were to be collected and officially counted at a later time. After the ballots were counted, Republican Kari Lake, who was endorsed by former president Donald Trump, lost the governor’s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs.

Since then, Lake has called for election reform and voiced the possibility of a fraudulent election from a delayed vote count. Conservative constituents have voiced their concern and outrage and adopted rhetoric similar to Lake’s when addressing the Maricopa Board of Supervisors.

Maricopa County Chairman Bill Gates
Bill Gates, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman, speaks at a press conference on the midterm elections on November 02, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. Maricopa officials spoke about election security, mail-in ballot returns and election day operations. Constituents recently spoke to the board members during a Monday meeting.
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Dave Clements, a protestor and former law professor at New Mexico State who was reportedly fired after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination in October 2021, voiced his displeasure during the meeting, accusing the board of “trafficking votes”.

Attorney and self-proclaimed Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted a video of Clements addressing the board on Monday. The video has been viewed almost 145,000 times.

Clements declared he was a slave to the board’s election decisions.

“It’s disgusting the way you sold us out,” Clements said to the board. “I went after drug traffickers. This is vote trafficking at its finest. You are a vote trafficker. Criminal. We are not here to be civil.

“A curse upon you,” he added near the end of his allotted speaking time of two minutes. “A curse upon all of you. You smug, smug people.”

When his time was up, Clements accused the board of muzzling the constituents by restricting their comments to a two-minute period.

Meanwhile, Lake has not conceded the race to Hobbs. The election showed Hobbs winning the governor’s race by a little more than 17,000 votes which equates to less than a 1 percent win over Lake. Last week, Lake filed a lawsuit aiming to gain access to the election records. According to a Newsweek report, Lake named several Maricopa County officials in the lawsuit.

According to an ABC News report, the supervisors promised to try and fix the errors in the future. However, supervisor chairman Bill Gates recently retweeted the Maricopa County supervisors’ response to the Attorney General’s request for details about the election.

The tweet said all laws were followed and each voter had an opportunity to “legally and securely” cast a ballot.

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