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Friday, November 18, 2022

PHOTO: Linda McMahon and Kari Lake meet with Trump this week at Mar-a-Lago after her election loss

Linda McMahon and Kari Lake meet with Trump this week at Mar-a-Lago after her election loss.

Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is expected to resign from President Donald Trump's administration. 

Per Politico's Andrew Restuccia, Eliana Johnson and Daniel Lippman, McMahon's resignation as head of the Small Business Administration could come as early as Friday. 

It's unclear what McMahon's future plans are, though Politico noted she's expected to go back into the private sector and serve as a fundraiser for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

McMahon has served as head of the Small Business Administration since Feb. 2017 when the United States Senate confirmed her nomination. 

Along with her husband Vince McMahon, Linda was one of the key figures in WWE's rise to become one of the biggest sports or entertainment organizations in the world. She spent 12 years as CEO of the company from May 1997 to September 2009.

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, Lake focused on long lines at the polls on election day and falsely said “tens of thousands” of voters in Maricopa county had been disenfranchised. She suggested legal action, saying she had assembled the “best and brightest” legal team.

“For two years I have been sounding the alarm about our election system in Arizona. And this past week has confirmed everything we’ve been saying,” she said. “Our election officials failed us miserably. What happened to Arizonans on election day is unforgivable.”

There were equipment malfunctions at about a third of polling locations on election day in Maricopa county, but voters were still able to cast their ballots. Officials had figured out a solution by the afternoon. A county judge also rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans to extend voting hours, saying there was no evidence voters had been disenfranchised.

“We feel very confident that every voter had the opportunity to vote and have their vote counted,” Bill Gates, the chairman of the Maricopa county board of supervisors, said on election day. “Nobody was disenfranchised today.”

That has not stopped misinformation from spreading about the election. During the first post-election meeting of the Maricopa county board of supervisors on Wednesday, speakers called the election “a scam”, “a farce”, “unlawful” and “a complete disaster”, according to the Arizona Republic.

She pointed to long lines at some polling places that were exacerbated by problems with ballot printers at about a third of the vote centers in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state. She said the problems disenfranchised voters who couldn’t wait at the polls.

Since Election Day, Lake has called election officials “incompetent,” and shortly after Hobbs was projected as the winner, Lake tweeted: “Arizonans know BS when they see it.”

Lake on Thursday pointed to printing malfunctions in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county that includes Phoenix, calling it “unforgivable” and claiming voters were disenfranchised.

Seventy of the county’s 223 voting centers early on Election Day used printers that churned out ballots with ink that was too light for tabulation machines to read, election officials said.

Voters could wait in line until the issue was fixed, cast a ballot at another vote center or deposit their original ballot in a separate, secure box that was sent to the county’s central facility for tabulation. 

County election officials have repeatedly pushed back on Lake’s allegations, saying no one was denied an opportunity to vote and indicated the issue impacted less than 7 percent of Election Day ballots. 

The Lake campaign and Republican groups called for an extension of in-person voting on Election Day in the county just before polls closed, but a state judge rejected the motion, saying he had seen no evidence that a voter was unable to cast a ballot.

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