Tuesday’s primary elections in Arizona kicked off with multiple reports of closed polling locations in the Valley, malfunctioning equipment and computers that weren’t set up.
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes addressed the widespread voting issues at a press conference Tuesday morning. He said his staff would address as many problems as they could, but some of the machines were still malfunctioning when polling places opened Tuesday morning.
“I would be surprised if there were fewer than 100 (polling places impacted),” he said.
As of 10 a.m., at least four were still experiencing issues.
Where not to go
The four polling locations experiencing issues are:
- New River – Daisy Mountain Fire Station at 3116 W. New River Road, New River.
- Cielo – Via Linda Senior Center 10440 at E Vía Linda, Scottsdale.
- Lakeview – Lakeview Rec Center at 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City.
- Palm Valley – Latter Day Saints Church at 13277 W. Thomas Road, Goodyear.
Fontes said his office became aware of issues with the voting equipment Monday when troubleshooters were testing at the polling sites.
The contractor responsible for the voting machines was supposed to provide more than 100 technicians to assist with issues, but only 70 were available, according to Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes.
The impacted sites were the traditional polling places, not the 40 “bonus vote centers” set up throughout the Valley, where any registered voter can cast a ballot.
“This is not a hiccup. This is a serious concern where voters across Maricopa County couldn’t get voting,” Fontes said.
How to find your polling location
There are also be 40 “bonus vote centers” open across Maricopa County where any registered voter can cast a ballot. Fontes said the bonus vote centers were affected.
Voters need to bring a form of identification to the polls. The following photo IDs are accepted:
- Valid Arizona driver’s license.
- Valid Arizona non-operating ID license.
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal ID.
- Valid U.S. federal, state or local government issued ID.
If you do not have one of these forms of ID, visit the recorder’s office for a list of other acceptable forms of ID.
Voters who received a mail-in ballot but can drop off their completed ballot at any polling place today without waiting in line. Do not return your ballot by mail, as it may not be counted.
Where to direct your complaints
Voters can also call the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at 602-506-3535 or the Secretary of State’s Office at 602-542-4285 for information on polling locations.
Had difficulty voting this morning? Call The Arizona Republic at 602-444-4000 or email at [email protected].
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Carly Henry, The Republic | azcentral.com
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