In the Aug. 28 primary election, 62 voting locations out of 503 in Maricopa County were not operational at 6 a.m. when polls were supposed to open. The Daisy Mountain Fire Station in New River was one of four polling stations that didn’t open until after 10 a.m. All were fully operational by 11:33 a.m., according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. The root of the problem, according to Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, was that the contractor hired to set up the voting machines up did not send enough technicians.
The county subsequently directed internal and external auditors to investigate. That investigation is still in progress, and the county continues to seek public input on the issues and concerns. Meanwhile, an initial review (PDF download) was released this week.
Below is a statement put out today by Bill Gates, county supervisor for District 3:
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“We have received the Maricopa County Audit Department’s initial review of the August 28, 2018 Primary Election. As community members and voters, I am sharing the results with you as well. You may view the report here.
“After voters experienced a myriad of issues on Election Day, my colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors approved a $200,000 appropriation to have both internal and external auditors investigate the issues that persisted during the election. The right to vote is fundamental and we want to avoid repeating these issues in the November general election.
“The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is committed to providing the Recorder’s Office with the tools and resources necessary to facilitate a smooth general election. Conducting and releasing this initial review is one of many steps in that process.
“Additionally, you may also visit the Maricopa County’s 2018 Primary Election Review webpage for additional information as well as report any primary election day problems or other experiences. Public input will be a part of the ongoing review conducted both internally and with our external partners.”
What about November?
The purpose of the initial review (PDF download) “is to provide information and recommendations early enough for key corrective actions to be implemented for the general election,” the review states.
Should voters experience any problems in the November election, there are options. In addition to casting ballots at their designated local polling place, Maricopa County residents can also vote at any Bonus Vote Center. To find your polling location and nearby Bonus centers, go to Locations.Maricopa.Vote and enter your address.
Registered voters can also request an early mail-in ballot through Oct. 26.