At least 20 precincts mysteriously ran out of ballots during the Arizona primary election on Tuesday, according to election authorities in Pinal County. Republicans are investigating what transpired.
The main concern is why some precincts did not receive a sufficient number of in-person votes prior to the election.
A considerable scarcity of paper ballots is said to have resulted from an unexpectedly high number of voters casting their ballots in person on election day, according to some officials.
“If you experience an issue, a reminder: you can choose to use the express vote device located at the polling place, or as long as you are physically in line at 7:00 pm today, you will be permitted to cast a ballot. Voters who arrive after 7:00 pm are not permitted to cast a vote.” election authorities in Pinal County warned voters on Tuesday. They stated, “Pinal County is continuing to print additional ballots and distributing them to each affected precinct polling place.
“Voters at Precinct 15 in San Tan Valley were given cards to come back later after the voting center ran out of ballots, according to FOX 10. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that at least 11 other precincts were also affected, including Apache Junction and Eloy,” according to The Washington Examiner.
“The ballot shortage isn’t the first time Pinal County has experienced problems this primary season. Various early mail ballots had been sent out with errors regarding city elections. Some voters received ballots with elections they were ineligible for, while others received ballots that didn’t include their local election. To remedy the situation, many of the county’s voters received an additional ballot page,” according to Center Square.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, released a joint statement in reaction to the problems on election day.
“During Arizona’s primary elections, the RNC and Republican Party of Arizona’s poll observer program documented and reported multiple failures by Pinal County’s Elections Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican-heavy precinct locations running out of ballots.
This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important. Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately,” they stated.
Hobbs was slammed by Ward who called her incompetent.
Hobbs is incompetent. https://t.co/Fly0yu2D2j
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) August 4, 2022
The chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Jeffrey McClure, stated, “We opened the boxes, and there weren’t enough ballots … so we’re not really quite clear how that occurred.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
During primary night, a number of voters were told their polling station ran out of ballots and were offered the opportunity to wait or come back at a later time after the county printed out more ballots. Officials said they are not sure how many voters were affected by the shortage and emphasized that not all of the roughly 20 precincts that requested additional ballots ran out.
Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer acknowledged that the chaos in the county could fuel conspiracy theories about election malfeasance in the state. He pleaded for voters and the general public to judge the county by its actions going forward and vowed to take action to ensure a similar ballot fiasco will not take place in the future. CONTINUE READING…