His spokesperson confirmed that Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, was relocated to an undisclosed place on Election Day because of threats to his safety.
Gates, a Republican plays an important role in the administration of elections for Arizona’s largest County. He publicly rebuffed Republican suggestions during the midterms that there were problems with the county’s election process.
Zach Schira, a spokesperson from Gates, stated that the supervisor is receiving more security while he fulfills his official duties.
Jason Berry, the spokesperson for Maricopa County, stated that Gates was relocated to an undisclosed place on Election Day following a threat against Gates made on social media. He was kept safe by the sheriff’s department and stayed one night at an undisclosed place.
Berry stated that there were threats to election workers and officials in the lead-up to the election, as well as the primary earlier in the year. After then-President Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020, Maricopa County was the center of conspiracy theories about the election.
“The chairman said that the current environment, where people are spreading misinformation hasn’t helped. We’ve seen this over the past two years, not only with this election, 2020, and then 2021. Berry stated that this is where we have been for the past couple of years, and it kind of ebbs, and flows.
Republican candidates for the US Senate, Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State in Arizona made lying about the 2020 election central to their campaigns. Blake Masters, Kari Lake, the gubernatorial nominee, and Mark Finchem, the secretary of state candidate, all lost their elections. The race for Arizona attorney-general is still too close to call.
Gates has publicly rebutted false claims made in media appearances and news conferences by GOP candidates. He also posted several videos on Twitter, answering questions and explaining how the ballots are counted.
There was an issue with the printers at several Maricopa polling sites on Election Day. Although Maricopa election officials said that the problem would not prevent anyone from voting, Republicans took advantage of the situation.
Maricopa County judge who was asked to decide on the matter said that there was no evidence that any person who wanted to vote could not. Because of the printer issue, voters were told to place their ballots in a secure box so they could be counted.
Trump backed Lake and she has not conceded the race to Katie Hobbs. She continues to make unfounded claims to discredit how the election was conducted in the state. Masters, a well-known election denier who was also supported by Trump, called Democratic Senator Mark Kelly to concede, but stated that there were “obviously many problems with this election.” Finchem, however, has not conceded and continues to spread lies about it.