Officials Say About 20 Percent of Maricopa County's Voting Locations Are Experiencing Issues

Maricopa County officials said “about 20 percent” of the county’s voting locations were experiencing issues with their tabulators on Tuesday, November 8.

In the update posted on the Maricopa County Elections Department Twitter page, Bill Gates, the Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said some ballots are not going through the tabulators, but the department has a “redundancy in place.”

Gates said that voters can place their ballots in a “secure box” where they will be kept until they can be tabulated later in the evening.

Footage of poll workers in Maricopa County informing voters about tabulator issues began circulating online on November 8. Credit: Maricopa County Elections Department via Storyful

Video transcript

BILL GATES: Hello, Maricopa County. I'm Bill Gates, the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

STEPHEN RICHER: And I'm Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder.

BILL GATES: And we're here to give you an update on how things are going so far with the election. We've already had almost 44,000 people show up this morning, check in, and be available to vote. And things are going great out there. But there's one thing that we wanted to address to make people aware of today, and that has to do with our tabulators.

We've got about 20% of the locations out there where there's an issue with the tabulator, where some of the ballots that after people have voted them, they try and run them through the tabulator and they're not going through. But the good thing is, is we do-- first of all, we're trying to fix this problem as quickly as possible. And we also have a redundancy in place.

If you can't put the ballot in the tabulator, then you can simply place it here, where you see the number 3. And this is a secure box where those ballots will be kept for later this evening, where we'll bring them in here to central count to tabulate them.

STEPHEN RICHER: So this would function much like early voting functions in that we would get your ballot back, once we've signature verified it, we would send it to our central tabulators. Ballots that are in here will already be in effect signature-verified so we won't need to confirm identity, but we will central tabulate them. This is actually what the majority of Arizona counties do on Election Day all the time.

BILL GATES: And just one thing to keep in mind-- we have 223 vote centers across the county. So if there are long lines at the location you're at or issues with the tabulator, if you would prefer to go to another location, you can do that. Doesn't matter where you go, as long as you're a registered voter here in Maricopa County. Thanks so much. And everybody, if you haven't yet, get out and vote.