Supporters of President Trump took to an Arizona elections center Wednesday night to demand that workers keep counting votes, according to multiple reports. 

Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, located outside of Phoenix, Ariz.

“Count those votes!” they were heard yelling, according to The Arizona Republic.

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President Donald Trump supporters kneel as they rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The protests came as the president claimed there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting in the state. Trump’s team demanded a recount in Wisconsin and filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop ballots from being counted.

Trump won Florida, Ohio, Texas and others, while Biden carried Arizona, Minnesota and New Hampshire, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.  

The president’s reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can win the state and called for heightened transparency into the counting of ballots there. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona, home to the state capital of Phoenix and 62% of its 7.28 million residents.

The crowd gathered around 7:30 p.m. before filled the parking lot at the center, where sheriff’s deputies were guarding both the outside of the building and the counting inside, reports said. At least five of the protesters carried assault-style rifles and others wore handguns, according to the paper.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies stand at the door of the Maricopa County Recorder's Office as President Donald Trump supporters rally outside, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies stand at the door of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office as President Donald Trump supporters rally outside, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Some were able to get inside and ask questions about the vote count before being asked to leave, Phoenix’s KNXV-TV reported.

As of 9 p.m., the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said it was aware of the protest and monitoring the crowd, and “everyone is peaceful and no arrest has been made.”

While most of the demonstrators showed support for the president, a few counterprotesters arrived and held up anti-Trump signs.

The rally came as people from both major political parties remained inside the election center as ballots were processed and counted, and the procedure was live-streamed online at all times.

“Everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “An accurate vote takes time. … This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who joined the crowd, said, “We’re not going to let this election be stolen. Period.”

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The protest also comes as the Republican Attorney General’s Office in Arizona is investigating complaints from some Maricopa County voters that their ballots may have been discarded because they were filled out with a Sharpie.

However, Maricopa County officials said Wednesday on Twitter that the markers are “not a problem for our tabulation equipment, and the offset columns on ballots ensure that bleed-through won’t impact your vote.”

As of 1 a.m. Thursday, Biden has won just under 51%, or 1,444,213, of Arizona’s votes, according to Fox News election data. Trump has won roughly 48%, or 1,365,040, of the state’s votes.

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The state has currently reported 86% of the votes. 

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report

Source: FoxNews

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