Before the largest county in the state certifies the results of the midterm elections, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is requesting an explanation.
Jennifer Wright, an assistant state attorney general, has requested Maricopa County’s response to many claims of improper handling of Election Day.
Wright outlined claims of errors relating to the scanning of ballots printed on county printers with bad ink as well as potential irregularities linked to the carriage of ballots that required to be counted electronically at a centralized county facility in a letter dated Saturday.
Wright wrote in her letter to the county, “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 chief of the civil division at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Thomas Liddy, was the recipient of the letter.
Wright claimed that the Maricopa election procedures had been the subject of “hundreds of complaints” to the state office’s elections integrity section.
The state prosecutor said that two county officials, Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and County Recorder Stephen Richer, may have broken an Arizona law controlling the conduct of local and county elections with their official statements.
Additionally, she added, “Furthermore, statements made by both Chairman Gates and Recorder Richer, along with information Maricopa County released through official modes of communication appear to confirm potential statutory violations of title 16.”
The state prosecutor’s office, according to Wright, has a sworn complaint attesting to the transportation of uncounted ballots into the “door 3” secured slot on the vote-counting system in black duffel bags used for already tabulated ballots.
“Further, we have received a sworn complaint from an election observer indicating that more than 1700 ‘Door 3’ non-tabulated ballots from one voting location were placed in black duffle bags that were intended to be used for tabulated ballots,” she added.
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“Door 3” ballots needed to be processed at a central Maricopa County facility, not a local polling place.
Wright asked the county to submit a voluntary report on the questions to the prosecutor’s office before Maricopa County certifies its election on Nov. 28.
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