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Maricopa County judge denies motion to extend poll hours to 10 p.m.

Various polling locations experienced voting machine issues.
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Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-08 22:11:06-05

PHOENIX — The Republican National Committee has filed an emergency motion to extend poll hours in Maricopa County.

A judge denied the motion. Polling locations will close at 7 p.m.

A Maricopa County judge held a hearing to decide whether or not polling locations would remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday evening and denied the request.

Some locations throughout the Valley experienced long wait times Tuesday after voting machine issues.

"The RNC is joining a Republican coalition to file an emergency motion to extend poll hours in Maricopa County because voting machines in over 25% of voting locations have experienced significant issues," according to a tweet from GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

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The lawsuit filed by the RNC, along with Blake Masters and Kari Lake hoped to keep polls open until 10 p.m.

Shortly after the announcement by the RNC, Senator Mark Kelly's Office filed a motion to intervene.

The motion counter argued the RNC filing by claiming, "Proposed Intervenor timely filed this motion to intervene, which comes just minutes Plaintiffs’ suit was made public."

Just before 9 a.m., Election officials held a news conference addressing additional tabulation center issues. There are 223 polling locations in Maricopa County, they said about 20% of voting centers were having issues with tabulation machines at that time.