Maricopa County announces investigation into Election Day printer issues

"Our voters deserve nothing less," officials declare.

Published: January 7, 2023 10:21am

Updated: January 8, 2023 10:21am

Officials in Arizona's largest county have launched an investigation into significant issues reported with election center printers during the 2022 midterm elections. 

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman announced Friday the investigation via a statement released on Twitter.

“This Board of Supervisors has always been committed to continuous improvement. When things don’t work, we find out why,” the statement said. 

The two chairs said former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor will lead the inquiry.

“Justice McGregor will hire a team of independent experts to find out why the printers that read ballots well in the August Primary had trouble reading some ballots while using the same settings in the November General,” the statement said. “Our voters deserve nothing less. Maricopa County appreciates Justice McGregor’s willingness to serve in this role. We look forward to her findings.”

Though the printer issues reportedly caused headaches throughout Election Day, no voters were reported to have been denied the ability to vote during the controversy.

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