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Maricopa County Election Official Issues Public Apology After Arizona Voting Delays

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The county register for Arizona’s Maricopa County has issued a public apology after significant voting delays and complications with voting machines occurred on Election Day.

“I am very sorry for any voter who has been frustrated or inconvenienced today in Maricopa County,” Stephen Richer said in a statement. “Every legal vote will be tabulated. I promise.” (RELATED: Guam Elects First Republican Representative Since 1990)

Richer said the Board of Supervisors has identified the problem with the vote tabulators and outlines two ways the individuals could ensure their votes are counted. First, voters can place their ballots in secure ballot boxes for retrieval by bipartisan poll workers, or try one of the 223 voting locations unaffected by the issues.

Maricopa County has reported issues with voting machines at about 20% of its polling locations. County technicians have reportedly identified solutions to the tabulation issues at 60 Vote Centers by changing the printer settings.

“Things are going great out there but there’s one thing I want to address to make people aware of today, and that has to do with our tabulators,” Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates said in a video posted to Twitter. “We’ve got about 20% of the locations out there where there’s an issue with the tabulator where some of the ballots, after people have voted, they try to run them through the tabulator and they’re not going through.”