Reports: Maricopa County voters faced election day chaos at 48 percent of locations

by WorldTribune Staff, November 20, 2022

The extent of printer and tabulator malfunctions on election day in Arizona’s Maricopa County was much more widespread than reported, according to Rasmussen Reports.

The polling company revealed on Thursday that 48% of all election centers across Arizona’s most populated county had issues with ballot printers and tabulation machines. County election officials had initially reported that 20% of printers and tabulators malfunctioned during in-person voting on Nov. 8.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Bill Gates, chair of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speak about voting machine malfunctions on Nov. 8. / John Moore / Getty Images)

Rasmussen Reports also noted that no reports of widespread voting issues had surfaced during Mariciopa County’s early voting period, which used the same equipment.

On Saturday, Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright wrote to one of the county’s top election officials detailing reports of a string of irregularities from printer problems that stopped ballots being tabulated, to confusion about procedures for transferring voters to alternate sites if they were unable to vote at the first location.

In her letter, Wright says: “These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law.”

Wright goes on to demand answers before the 2022 midterm results can be certified:

“Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election,” Wright wrote in the letter to Thomas Liddy, civil division chief at the Maricopa County’s Attorney’s Office.

“As the canvass is looming, and these issues relate to Maricopa County’s ability to lawfully certify election results – the Unit requests a response to the aforementioned issues on or before Maricopa County submits its official canvass to the Secretary of State, which must occur on or before November 28, 2022.”

Related: Top Maricopa County vote counter addressed conference organized by anti-Kari Lake group, November 16, 2022

In the race for Arizona governor, Democrat Katie Hobbs has declared victory and The Associated Press has called the race for Hobbs, but Republican candidate Kari Lake has not conceded.

“The way they run elections in Maricopa County is worse than in banana republics around this world,” Lake told “And I’ll tell you what, I believe at the end of the day that this will be turned around and I don’t know what the solution will be but I still believe I will become governor, and we are going to restore honesty to our elections.”

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