Arizona AG’s Office Takes Action…Demands Investigation

Maricopa County has been in the limelight since election day as machines went down and officials claim no counting went on over the weekend while ballots were unsupervised. In light of the discrepancies, Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright has written a letter to the Maricopa County officials Saturday. Wright demands an accounting for the widespread ballot tabulation and ballot printer problems seen during the general election on November 8.

 The letter directed to Thomas Liddy with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had numerous concerns one of the most troubling was the apparent co-mingling of ballots in black duffle bags in at least one polling location. The co-mingled ballots were successfully run through the on-site tabulators with those put in “Door 3” to be sent to the Election Department’s downtown Phoenix tabulation center because they could not be read.

“The Elections Integrity Unit (“Unit”) of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) has received hundreds of complaints since Election Day about issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County,” Wright’s letter stated.

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

Wright addressed in her letter that statements made by Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and County Recorder Stephen Richer, along with other official communications from the county appear to confirm potential election law violations.

Wright explained that based on information provided by the county at least 60 polling locations’ ballot on-demand printers were configured improperly. The improper configuration led to the inability of the tabulators to read the ballots.

 How it works is that ballots are printed on demand because voters can check in at any location in Maricopa County, which includes multiple congressional, state, and local districts.

“Based on sworn complaints submitted by election workers employed by Maricopa County, the BOD printers were tested on Monday, November 7 without any apparent problems,” Wright wrote.

Despite these tests, the printers began malfunctioning within the first half-an-hour of the opening of polling on Election Day.

Because of these issues, the AG’s office wants logs related to when printer configuration changes were made. 

The letter also expressed how Wright wants to know the instructions poll workers gave to voters who experienced problems with their ballots being accepted by tabulation machines.

“Following widespread reports of problems at voting locations on Election Day, Chairman Gates publicly stated that voters who had already checked in to e-Pollbook, but were having difficulties voting could ‘check out’ of that voting location, and would be able to nonetheless vote in another voting location,” she wrote.

“Based on sworn complaints received by the Unit, not only have poll workers reported that they were not trained and/or not provided with information on how to execute ‘check out’ procedures, but many voters have reported the second voting location required the voter to cast a provisional ballot as the e-Pollbooks maintained the voter had cast a ballot in the original voting location.” she continued in her letter.

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