Election Integrity App Creator Recalls 2022 Maricopa County Reports, Preps for 2023 Races

Johnny Vieira, founder and creator of the real-time election-irregularity app VotifyNow, told RedState about how Arizona voters used his app to report problems during the 2022 elections there as he is gearing up for the off-cycle 2023 elections in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

“We had a heavy user base in Maricopa County with people ready to go with their VotifyNow app and ready to start reporting incidents by probably 8:30 or 9 a.m.,” said Vieira.

In 2022, Republican Kari Lake lost the Arizona governor’s race to Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by less than 20,000 votes. It was an election marred by Election Day problems with voting machines, resulting in hours-long delays for voters waiting in line and other issues processing ballots.

Vieira said the app reached some critical mass in Arizona with users after the controversies of the 2020 election.

“It had already been live for a good year, so by the midterms of 2022, we were well up and running in all the swing states, especially because we knew Arizona was ground zero,” he said.

The app can upload photos, videos, and witness reports with geo-tagging, all stored on the VotifyNow servers, then generate a PDF stating who created the incident with a timestamp. Vieira is also scheduled to make a presentation at Mike Lindell’s Election Summit, scheduled for Aug. 16-17, and plans to unveil an updated version of the app there.

Arizona VotifyNow users reported a wide variety of issues

Vieira said the users keyed into the printer problems. After they completed their ballots and printed the ballots, and fed them into the tabulator scanner, there were jams.

“One of the main incidents that people started reporting was an issue talking about the printer paper not fitting quite properly with the printing machines, therefore causing rejections and causing backups,” he said.

The ballots were printed on the wrong size paper, so the scanner was not lined up to read the votes properly, he said.

Another issue users reported was they received text messages confirming that their mail-in ballot had been received, their signature was validated, and their vote was counted—yet, they had not actually voted yet, Vieira said.

This screenshot was submitted by an Arizona VotifyNow user of text messages about their mail-in ballot received and validated, but the voter had not yet voted. (Photo courtesy of VotifyNow)

“The problem was just absolutely piling up,” he said. “VotifyNow was receiving these incidents, we were able to check the precincts and the locations–and we realized quickly that all these incidents were in red or conservative areas.”

This is a screenshot of a video shot by an Arizona VotifyNow user of a man repeatedly trying to load his ballot into the tabulator-scanner, without much luck. (Photo courtesy of VotifyNow)

“I don’t know that that would’ve necessarily changed the outcome of the election, as that’s not our job,” he said. “Our job is just to report nefarious or suspicious activity.”

He said the one consistent report from Arizona’s 2022 election was the printers. “The only commonality was these printer issues and that they all seem to be in Republican areas.”

This is a photo of a ballot printed at the wrong scale, so it could not be read by the tabulator-scanner submitted by an Arizona VotifyNow user. (Photo courtesy of VotifyNow)

In addition to the printer problems, VotifyNow users documented that voting machines were connected to wireless internet, although they were not supposed to be.

“There were a lot of Wi-Fi incidents with people claiming to detect it connected to the machines, and they were sending in snapshots,” he said.

This screenshot was sent in by an Arizona VotifyNow user claiming they detected WiFi connected to a voting machine during the 2022 election. (Photo courtesy of VotifyNow)

Vieira gave VotifyNow data, reports to Kari Lake attorney Kurt Olsen

“After the election, I took all these reports, and I gave them to one of Kari Lake’s attorneys, a gentleman named Kurt Olsen,” he said.

“I can’t control what a judge does with evidence,” he said. “All we could do is try to get people to report incidents and get those incidents into the right hands and to try to make a difference.”

Vieira said he was not a part of any of the legal proceedings pursued by the Lake campaign.

“No one challenged the veracity of the VotifyNow reports; the VotifyNow reports were accepted as fact,” he said.

“It’s just other parts of the case didn’t go the way Kari Lake wanted them to.”


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