Arizona’s Maricopa County is facing another election inquiry

Just the News reports that Arizona’s attorney general office has just opened up an inquiry into Maricopa County’s alleged mishandling of the 2022 midterm elections. 

Having deja vu?

If it seems as though we have been down this road before, it is because we have. In 2020, Maricopa County also faced intense scrutiny for its handling of the elections.

The latest

Over the weekend, Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright – as part of the state’s Elections Integrity Unit – sent a letter to Maricopa County officials seeking an explanation for the many reports that have been released showing problems with Maricopa County’s handling of the 2022 elections.

“The Elections Integrity Unit (“Unit”) of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) has received hundreds of complaints since Election Day pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County,” Wright writes.

She continues:

These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that raise concerns regarding Maricopa’s lawful compliance with Arizona election law. 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.

Some of the problems

In the letter, Wright highlights some of the problems that have been reported to have occurred in Maricopa County during the recently-held elections.

“According to Maricopa County, at least 60 voting locations had issues related to some ballot-on-demand (BOD) printers having printer configuration settings that were non-uniform, which appeared to have resulted in ballots that were unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulators,” Wright writes.

Next, Wright highlights problems with Election Day “check-out” procedures. This includes a potential violation of “Arizona law [that] specifically prohibits provisional ballots to be counted when a voter has signed multiple pollbooks.”

Finally, Wright calls attention to the fact that many voters were instructed to deposit their ballots in “Door 3” because their votes were unable to be tabulated on Election Day by on-site tabulators. This, too, says Wright may be a violation.

“Arizonans deserve a full report”

Wright asks Maricopa County officials to respond to the numerous inquiries that are made throughout the letter, and Wright assd for the response on or before Nov. 28.

“Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopa County’s administration of the 2022 General Election,” Wright concludes.

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