The news of some of the problems affecting the 2022 midterm elections will not excite anybody who already had doubts about the validity of the outcome of the 2020 election.
The state of Arizona, which is undergoing a protracted tabulation process that has irritated voters, experienced one such major blunder.
A recent Votebeat analysis has provided some insight into the “how” of Arizona’s voting-related problems.
Simply said, the printer settings for the aforementioned voting devices had been entered wrongly.
According to Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson of the Election Department, the “media weight” for ballots was set to “heavy, as recommended.” Evidently, that is the proper setting.
However, the media weight of the ballot envelopes and receipts was reduced.
According to reporter Jen Fifield, this means that the printers were unable to heat the ballots sufficiently for the toner to adhere.
This is it.
This right here is what caused problems at more than one in three voting locations in Maricopa County on Election Day. This setting needed to be on "heavy" for the printer to heat the ballot enough for the toner to stick properly. pic.twitter.com/328R2G1xpJ
— Jen Fifield (@JenAFifield) November 11, 2022
Even though the issue was straightforward, it required some effort to identify and resolve.
Maricopa County summoned in experts from Runbeck Elections Services, which had supplied at least some of the printers, at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday after experiencing enough problems.
Bill Gates, the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, stated that the solution was found by 1 p.m. and was mainly in use by 4 p.m.
The Western Journal published an article about some of the abnormalities taking place in the GOP stronghold of Anthem, Arizona.
Long lines in Anthem, Arizona with Poll Workers explaining that the @maricopacounty machines are not working.
Do not get out of line! pic.twitter.com/lInh8KnTz3
— Tyler Bowyer 🇺🇸 (@tylerbowyer) November 8, 2022
An employee of the Western Journal who went to vote at the aforementioned Anthem location stated that it took him five tries to have his ballot accepted by the tabulator when he eventually made it through the long queue.
Caught up with Lucas who works for @WestJournalism. He said the line to vote in the Republican stronghold of Anthem, AZ on the north side of Phx was 1 hr, 45 mins. He’s concerned the voting machines malfunctioning earlier in the day in Maricopa County will hurt @AZGOP candidates. pic.twitter.com/5KaWLmVk0H
— Randy DeSoto (@RandyDeSoto) November 8, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
From all indications, it appears that this was an honest mistake, but there are still quite a few unanswered questions that will need to be addressed at some point.
These settings didn’t appear to cause any issues, or at least not this widespread, for the primary election or for early voters. Why did this error occur on the literal day of midterm voting?
Votebeat reported that printers are tested before voting begins. Why didn’t the alleged testing catch any of these issues? CONTINUE READING…