Maricopa County in Arizona has been facing issues with some vote tabulation machines that have malfunctioned during election day. Some reports suggest that such technical problems were seen in around 20% of all tabulation machines in the county.
Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a right-wing organisation, said on Twitter, “2 hour wait minimum at most polling places in Maricopa. Democrats running elections here knew this would happen. Traffic jam by design. DONT LET THEM DO 2020 AGAIN.”
However, his claims were nullified by the Maricopa County’s official Twitter account, which stated, “No part of the tweet below is accurate. The vast majority of Vote Centers are seeing wait times under 30 minutes, and whether by tabulator or secure ballot box, all voters are being served.”
Check out the post right here:
The United States’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency also later told reporters that “no specific or credible threat to disrupt election infrastructure” has been found in regard to this incident.
Check out a voter’s response on being told that the machines are not working:
Kari Lake, the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate from Arizona, has also provided a guidance for voters who could not vote due to the technical disruption. Check out her post right here:
Maricopa County later reported that solutions to the problems were found, and the printer settings have been reported to be the source of the malfunction. According to their latest Twitter update, “.@maricopavote has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. County technicians have changed the printer settings, which seems to have resolved this issue. It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on ballots. 1/”, further adding, “This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations. 2/2”