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Republican Party files complaint over election process

TUCSON – The Republican Party says that due to how the mail-in ballots were printed, with the voter’s party registration displayed on the envelope, they believe it could have affected voter’s ability to have their voice heard.

A complaint was filed to the Department of Justice before the Nov. 5 election asking that the ballots be reviewed because of the possibility that people handling them from the opposite party would not deliver them.

“There was a continual stream of phone calls into our Pima County G.O.P. headquarters on Election Day of Republicans calling and saying they never got their ballot in the mail,” said Pima County Republican Party Chairman David Eppihimer.

They say the fear is that ballots may have been lost or thrown away at any point before being recorded due to the party registration being visible to anyone who handled it.

However, some in the Republican party are not sure the ballots even made it to voters.

“I’m not saying there were delays. I’m saying that there was every possibility that ballots were never delivered,” said Eppihimer.

After reaching out to the United States Postal Service. they said “The postal service is committed to delivering election and political mail in a timely manner. During this election cycle, there have been no disruptions or delays in the delivery of ballots in Arizona.”

“We have Jim Crow laws right here in Tucson and they’re designed to keep the minority, which is the Republicans, from holding office from having their seat at the table at the city council table or having a good shot at becoming mayor,” said Eppihimer. “Republican party files complaint over the election process.”

Eppihimer said he does not think any potential missing votes would have had a drastic impact on the election, but he does believe the process hurts the Republican party’s chances.

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Mark Mingura

Mark Mingura joined KVOA as a Multi Media Journalist in October 2019. Originally from the valley and with ties to Tucson, Mark is excited to get back to his home state and tell the stories of the Old Pueblo.

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