7% of Maricopa County Election Day voters were affected by tabulator problems

By Greg Hahne
Published: Friday, November 11, 2022 - 8:57am
Updated: Friday, November 11, 2022 - 11:04am

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates on Election Day
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Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, (right) and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer speak to reporters on Election Day 2022.

Early Tuesday morning, 70 of the 223 vote center in Maricopa County experienced problems with printers causing some ballots not to be able to be read. 

Printing settings had not allowed ballots to be printed dark enough leading to tabulation machines not to be able to read them.

At a press conference Wednesday, Maricopa County Board Supervisor Bill Gates said 17,000 or about 7% of all cast on Election Day, were put in a secure box before being transferred to the central election office to be counted.

"Those will go through the quality assurance check and those will be tabulated throughout the week. I don't have exact times, dates when that’s going to happen," Gates said. 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors says everyone affected had the option to either leave the ballot in a secure box to be counted later or go to another voting location. 

Gates apologized for the problem, and said all those ballots will be counted securely and accurately. 

"We are going to do a deep dive on this, this board is going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened, and we will do what needs to be done. The board has demonstrated that in the past when we’ve had issues and we’ll do that again," Gates said. 

Though attorneys for the Arizona Republican party filed a lawsuit to extend voting hours on Tuesday, a judge said they cited no evidence of people being unable to cast their vote. 

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