Katie Hobbs says Arizonans who left long voting lines in Maricopa County were “disenfranchised by the Republican Party”

PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs cast blame Wednesday on the Republican Party for disenfranchising Arizonans who left long polling-place lines in Maricopa County without casting a ballot.

“The people who left without casting a ballot, they were disenfranchised by the Republican Party,” Hobbs said during a December 7 interview with Arizona PBS. “The people who were telling them, ‘Don’t put your ballot in this secure box, leave after you check in,’ they were listening to the wrong people.”

In response to a question from anchor Ted Simons about proposals that would “allow mail-in ballots to be fed into tabulators” on Election Day, the Democrat responded, “I don’t know what the problem is that this solution is in search of.”

Hobbs has dismissed criticism of Election Day operations in Maricopa County and rejected proposals to speed up the counting of mail-in ballots. She named Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo to her transition team on November 21 and expressed excitement one week earlier that she would be “handing the keys of the Secretary of State’s Office to Adrian Fontes,” who previously served as Maricopa County Recorder.