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    Maricopa County’s Election Dysfunction Was More Widespread Than Officials Said, Memo Claims

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    An attorney who saw the voting process wrote a report stating that more Maricopa County, Arizona voting locations were impacted by tabulator or printer problems on election day than officials had previously stated.

    Based on a memo sent out to party officials and candidates by roving lawyer Mark Sonnenklar, 11 of the roving attorneys assigned to monitoring election procedures in the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Election Integrity program in Arizona jointly visited well almost 52% of the county’s voting centers on Nov. 8, the day of the midterm elections. According to the report, “material problems with the tabulators not being able to tabulate ballots” led to “substantial voter suppression” in 72 out of the 115 visited sites, or nearly 60%.

    The results of the report would suggest that more Maricopa County voting locations suffered printer and tabulation issues than election officials had initially claimed. Given the high sample size of voting centers visited by the roving attorneys, it is possible that a considerable number of the Maricopa County polling centers that the attorneys did not visit experienced comparable problems with tabulation and printing.

    The results of the memo “directly contradict the statements of County election officials that (1) printer/tabulator issues were limited to only 70 of the 223 vote centers, (2) the printer/tabulator problems were resolved as of 3:00 p.m., and (3) the printer/tabulator issues were insignificant in the entire scheme of the election.” Sonnenklar wrote.

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    For instance, Maricopa County’s main Twitter account reported on November 9 that a printer issue had impacted around 17,000 ballots across 70 (or 31%) of the county’s 223 voting locations, making some ballots difficult for tabulators to read since the time marks weren’t sufficiently dark.

    “In many cases, the printer/tabulator issues persisted from the beginning of election day until the end of election day,” Sonnenklar wrote. “It seems very clear that the printer/tabulator failures on election day at 62.61% of the vote centers observed by 11 roving attorneys, and the resulting long lines at a majority of all vote centers, led to substantial voter suppression.”

    “Tabulators rejected ballots’ first insertion almost every time at many voting centers, and many ballots could not be machine-tabulated no matter how many attempts a voter made,” according to Sonnenklar.

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    “The strong consensus regarding why the tabulators would not read certain ballots was that those ballots, in particular the barcodes on the side of the paper, were not printing dark enough for the tabulators to read them,” he wrote, claiming to have personally visited ten voting centers.

    Material problems caused voters to either deposit their ballots into a box for later counting, spoil their ballots and re-vote, or “get frustrated” and leave without voting, the memo said. Many voters had to wait an hour or two to receive a ballot for voting, with the roving attorneys reporting “significant lines at 59 of the 115 vote centers” they collectively visited, it claimed.

    The DCNF has not verified the claims in this memo, and the Maricopa County Elections Department did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment. CONTINUE READING…

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