Stephanie Morse

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Election Day: Computer problems at polling locations vex voters in Maricopa County

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Computer glitches at polling places in Maricopa County

Voters and local news outlets reported technical problems with computers as the polls opened across the state Tuesday morning in Arizona’s primary election.

Thomas Earl Council said had to relocate this morning from his designated polling place, Barnes Elk Lodge, after the person who was supposed to work the computers wasn’t there when Council showed up at 6 a.m. He waited for two hours but they still didn’t have them fixed, he said.

“Two hours later they should of had it working,” Council said.

Council was then redirected to Civic Center Library in Scottsdale. Council worries that if young people get a bad experience, it may deter them from future voting.

“No one should have to wait to vote,” Council said.

12 News reported voting computers were delivered, but not set up at the 15th Avenue and Union Hills and 42nd Street and Baseline locations in Phoenix.

Thomas Council, 83, had to relocate from his designated polling place Tuesday after the person assigned to work the voting computers did not show up. (Photo by Rachel Charlton/Cronkite News)

The news outlet also reported problems at the Burton Barr Central Library and two other Maricopa County locations – one in at Kyrene and Guadalupe in Tempe, and at Val Vista and Main Street in Mesa polling locations computers were not able to print ballots or machine readers were not able to read ballots.

The spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office said they were trying to get more information about the reported problems

A record turnout of 1 million voters is expected, according to state election officials. About 75 percent of voters have already cast their votes with mail-in ballots.

Elections officials are expecting about 250,000 people to vote in person on Election Day.

Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, has 500 polling centers, including 40 new “bonus centers” where any registered voter can cast a vote.

Polls will remain open Tuesday until 7 p.m. Voters must bring identification, such as driver’s license or government issued ID card, with them to the polls.

– Celisse Jones, Holly Bernstein and Rachel Charlton

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