Officials Vow To ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of Election-Day Issues

Election Officials Promise To Investigate Issues In Maricopa County

Election Officials Promise To Investigate Issues In Maricopa County

( – Much of the country has finished tallying votes from Election Day, but some areas are still counting. The State of Arizona is especially behind, apparently the result of problems with some polling centers. Election officials in Maricopa County have pledged to get to the bottom of the issue after these places suffered challenges with their machines.

Mayhem in Maricopa County

Tens of thousands of votes were impacted by the drama on Election Day, after numerous voting centers experienced issues with printers that led to some ballots not being properly tabulated. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman, both Republicans, released a joint statement on Twitter addressing the issue on November 8.

In the statement the duo assured the people of Maricopa County that their votes would still count, telling them not to worry. Gates and Hickman explained the county used the same machines as it did in the primaries earlier this year. They added that there were no variations in the paper and the Elections Department had tested the machines prior to their use.

The duo noted there are built-in safeguards in the event that something happens, such as the recent incident. The joint statement explained that voters had the option to drop their ballots into a box, where they would be considered legitimate and go on to the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center to be counted. The duo asserted the process was already in the works. Gates and Hickman ended the statement by ensuring voters they would be investigating the cause of the issue to prevent it from happening in the future.

Pending Results

The Maricopa County mayhem has caused the Arizona election to drag on as voters wait to see who the new governor will be and who will represent them in the Senate. Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is attempting to defeat Katie Hobbs, the state’s current Attorney General, in the race for Arizona’s state leadership position. Meanwhile, the incumbent Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) hopes he has enough votes to defend his seat against his Republican contender, Blake Masters. Both Democrats currently have the lead, but there are still around half a million votes that need to be counted, according to the Associated Press.

Both Republican candidates and the Republican National Committee have filed lawsuits against Maricopa County due to the issues it had with voting machines in 70 polling places. The incident has also stoked claims of election fraud from several conservatives and right-wing media outlets.

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