Arizona Attorney General Wants Report on Voting Machine Problems

Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office demands Maricopa County officials provide a statement on voting machine issues that caused delays in the battleground state during midterm elections.

From Reuters:

A letter dated Saturday by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright calls for county officials to report by Nov. 28 on the specific problems related to the printers at each location as well on how poll workers were trained.


About 20% of electronic vote tabulation machines in Maricopa, the state's most populous county, malfunctioned for a few hours on Election Day and technicians were deployed to fix them, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said at the time.


In a letter Saturday, his office says it received "hundreds of complaints'' about how the
county administered the Nov. 8 General Election.

"These complaints go beyond pure speculation, but include first-hand witness accounts that
raise concerns regarding Maricopa's lawful compliance with Arizona election law,'' wrote
Jennifer Wright, who heads the office's Elections Integrity Unit.

"Furthermore, statements made by both (Board of Supervisors) Chairman (Bill) Gates and
Recorder (Stephen) Richer, along with information Maricopa County released through
official modes of communication appear to confirm potential statutory violations of Title
16,'' she said, referring to the state Elections Code. Gates and Richer are Republicans, as is

Wright also hinted that the investigation could hold up finalizing the election returns.

"These issues relate to Maricopa County's ability to lawfully certify election results,'' she
said. She wants answers to her questions on or before Nov. 28, the date the county is
scheduled to submit its official canvass of the votes to the Secretary of State's Office.