Maricopa Certifies Votes Amid Concerns Over Ballot Counting Machines

Arizona's Maricopa County on Monday met a state-imposed deadline to certify its 2020 election results.
TOPSHOT - Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The results were certified at a meeting of the county’s board of supervisors, amid concerns among voters and other including whether voting-machine problems at some polling stations led to an inaccurate count.
  • Maricopa, Arizona’s largest county, took about a week to count the votes, though poll workers alleged ballots weren’t being read, tabulators weren’t working and many people being unable to vote.
  • “Thousands could not vote. Thousands left discouraged,” Maricopa resident Sharon Huber said during public comment at the meeting today. “I was one of those voters disenfranchised in Wickenburg in Maricopa County. I tried to vote in person and I was told by the poll workers I had the right kind of ballot, that they had problems with the printers at first, as well as the tabulators all day long.”
  • The county said Sunday that nobody was prevented from voting, and 85% of vote centers never had lines longer than 45 minutes. Most vote centers with long lines had others nearby with shorter waits, county officials also said.

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