ARIZONA, November 19, 2022— today, Arizona’s Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright, wrote a letter to Thomas Liddy, Civil Division Chief regarding “the Elections integrity 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 wrote “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.
Wright wrote that “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 ready by on-site ballot tabulators.”
According to the Assistant Attorney General, “based on sworn complaints submitted by election workers employed by Maricopa County, the BOD printers were tested on Monday, November 7 without any apparent problems”—but on election day “despite the successful testing the night before, the tabulators began experiencing problems reading ballots printed by the BOD printers within the first thirty minutes of voting.”
Based on sworn affidavits and evidence, the Assistant Attorney General wrote “Based on the plethora of reports from election workers, poll observers, and voters, combined with Maricopa County’s admission that there were in fact widespread problems related to non-uniform BOD printer configuration settings, the Unit request that Maricopa County provide a comprehensive report detailing with spedificity:
- the voting locations that had problems with either BOD printers or tabulation;
- the specific problems at each voting location;
- any other issues related to BOD printers and/or tabulators that may have contributed to the problems at voting locations;
- a comprehensive log of al changes to the BOD printer configuration settings;
- Maricopa County’s standards for the BOD printer configuration settings as specified in internal technical specifications and/or manufacturer technical specifications;
- the precise time the non-uniform printer configuration settings were found to be root cause of the problem, and
- the method used to update or reconfigure the printer configuration settings at each voting location..
The Assistant Attorney General have also requested how and when “poll workers were trained” and/or Maricopa County’s procedures on how to “check out” voters from one voting location so they could lawfully vote in another location.
Wright’s letter added “Due to the widespread problems in non-uniform printer configuration settings, many voters were unable to tabulate their ballots on Election day using on-site tabulators. “
According to Wright’s letter, “voters were instructed to deposit their ballot in “door 3.” Wright makes this conclusion based on “statements by Chairman Gates, Recorder Richer, and Maricopa County official communications, “Door 3″ ballots were transported to Maricopa County Tabulation and Center to be tabulated by the HiPro 821 or Cannon G1130 tabulators at central county.”
Maricopa County officials “admitted that in some voting locations, “door 3” non-tabulated ballots were commingled with tabulated ballots at the voting location. Further, Wright wrote “we have received a sworn complain from an election observer indicating that more than 1700 “Door 3” non-tabulated ballots from one voting location were placed in black duffle bags that were intended to be used for tabulated ballots.
Arizona’s law requires Maricopa County “to complete “reconciliation of ballots case against check ins” at the voting locations before leaving the voting location, not at central count. “
Wright has requested that Maricopa County election officials “provide a copy of each voting location’s Official Ballot Report, including any discrepancies in the report and explanations for any such discrepancies” She also requested “a written statement clarifying the “reconciliation” that appears to have occurred at central count on or around November 16, 2022,” including how many ballots “were commingled, and how ballots were placed inside the black duffle bags.
Wrights wrote, “Arizonans deserve a full report and accounting of the myriad problems that occurred in relation to Maricopy County’s administration of the 2022 General Election.”