PHOENIX—Arizona state Rep. Kelly Townsend says there should "absolutely" be an audit and an accurate recount as soon as possible in the state, adding that voter confidence for many has been damaged.
"We need an audit and a recount—there are too many uncertainties and until we do that, I don't think there's enough confidence to have a healthy election in the future," she told The Epoch Times. "We need to reassure the people that their vote counted because right now it is chaos."
Townsend said she has "no faith" in the state's election process, adding that "the vote should not be certified under these circumstances."
"The biggest issue is voter confidence," she added. "If you don't have voter confidence, you have big problems—and we don't have voter confidence."
Thousands of Arizonians have rallied peacefully across downtown Phoenix over the past week over what they see as a lack of transparency and a fraudulent and corrupt election process. Voters have gathered at the state's capitol building and also outside the Maricopa County Elections Department, where the ballots are being still counted.
One of the concerns brought up to Townsend was that when voters dropped off their ballots into a wooden box, or a cardboard box, there was no tabulation of their ballot in front of them, and they had no record of them actually voting. Others spoke about having no receipt at all that their ballots had been counted. Townsend said she is contacting the county recorder's office for answers.
According to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, just 10,315 ballots are left to count, including about 1,000 in Maricopa County. The difference between the candidates in percentage terms is 0.34 percent. An automatic recount is triggered in Arizona if the margin falls within 0.1 percent or 200 votes, whichever is the smaller number.
Trump’s campaign early on predicted that the president would win the state and its 11 Electoral College votes.
It's not just in Arizona where concerns over the integrity of the election have popped up.
"In other states, it looks very similar," Townsend said. "It's suspiciously similar. Everywhere you turn, there are things that are collapsing voter confidence."