Maricopa County, Zona Republic, Reporter discussed on The Takeaway
Not prepared to process voters when polls open due to equipment issues. The Arizona Republican ABC channel fifteen talked to constituents outside of. Polling places I think they should. Just really care about more about their voters. It didn't really feel like we were cared about the overwhelmed they don't have enough people staff they don't have enough machines Or or voting centres I think that so many boats are being lost because of the organization undis-, more confused than ever which is really frustrating because. Voting is so important so people get. Turned off by. Difficulty they don't? Vote so what happens Jessica beim is Maricopa County reporter. For the Zona Republic so, recently in Maricopa County we have implemented this new form of checking in. To get your ballot so it's supposed to be easier for the voters in that you just scan your ID and it will get you the correct form of ballot that. You need, to vote but unfortunately sixty two of those polling places without a quick were not set up and ready for. Voters, on Tuesday morning now it sounds like there was some sort of miscommunication between the Maricopa County recorder's office and a contractor they were using to actually set up data quit meant a lot of those machines We were told weren't even set up or plugged in and connected to the internet service to be able to accept voters. When polls opened at six AM you would reported that the recorder's office who handled this process they, knew about these problems beforehand they were trying to. Deal with it overnight why did they. End up still. Using these machines? If they knew they weren't working well they were working. At most of the sites, why they didn't implement some kind of backup strategy for those sites that. Were set up is something that we've been asking along with a lot of other questions they kind of went radio silent on us yesterday so we've been trying to figure. Out was, there a backup plan in place how long did it take for all of these sites to open we were. Still, hearing from voters that they were having difficulties in being asked to fill out provisional ballots which a lot of voters don't like to do because. It means that it won't actually be Counted until later in the week that can't be automatically counted like you expect it to be when you go to a polling place right of course is it clear. Yet who is to blame for. This whether it be the the government or. The company that created these machines both of those? Entities are trading blame bright now the, county recorder has said that he takes full responsibility but there was discussion that you know it was the contractor who failed to send enough technicians to set all of this equipment now we got our hands. On the contract between the county and the company. Yesterday and it does appear that the, section of that contract that talks about? How many people should have been available to set up the equipment? Could have been read in two different ways and it was in fact read in two different ways by both the county and the contractor now why a discussion hadn't occurred prior to Monday in which Everything was confirmed that's one of our big questions as well so. Just just one less thing we heard from some voters. At the top who were unhappy with the situation is there now concern that this could erode. Trust in the system in advance of very important November elections It. Is definitely something that is concerning to voters. There will be a lot more people voting in November we expect and there is some concern that voters might, be frustrated or not trusting of the process to something that we're talking about across the country, right now Jessica Obame is Maricopa County reporter for the Zona Republic Jessica thank you for your reporting thank you.