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Maricopa County officials identify issue with tabulation machines

Elections officials said it was an issue with printer settings on some of the machines.
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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Elections Department officials said that the source of tabulation issues that led to problems at roughly 60 Maricopa County Vote centers has been solved.

"It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on the ballot," officials said.

Changing the printer settings has already worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to fix the problem at the remaining locations.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer apologized for the inconvenience and insisted that every legal vote will be tabulated.

At the end of the day, who hasn't struggled with a printer before?

The Arizona Secretary of State's office said the printers were tested before certification and were fine. But they were not "stress tested".

Below is the full information from the Secretary of State's office:

"Maricopa's pre-election L&A testing was completed accurately and in accordance with the law.

The ballot-on-demand printers that we've seen issues with today passed tabulation tests during L&A testing and were working properly during this year's primaries and early voting period.

Stress testing the printing settings on these particular printers is not part of the state's L&A process, as the vast majority of ballots are printed by a county vendor.

Maricopa is taking steps to resolve the issue. State and local election officials are committed to making sure every Arizonan's voice is heard."

If a tabulator at your vote center malfunctions, officials say you can cast your vote in three different ways, including:

  1. Staying at the vote center and waiting for the tabulator to come back online
  2. Placing your ballot in a secure drop box
  3. Head to another nearby vote center

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