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Did Maricopa County Violate The Law?
Election law was not followed regarding defective ballots in the midterms
In Maricopa County on Election Day, voters printed their ballots, filled them out, and attempted to scan their ballots, but a large number were rejected by the scanner — usually several times.
County officials then instructed poll managers to have voters put their rejected ballots that wouldn't scan in compartment #3.
County officials later picked up the compartment #3 (rejected) ballots, and took them to the county office where they were scanned by a central scanner.
The county's actions were not lawful.
Arizona law states:
SB1135 clearly states that a ballot that “...cannot properly be counted by the automatic tabulating equipment” is “defective.” The ballots that were placed in compartment 3 were rendered “defective” when they could not be read by the tabulator. Therefore, according to AZ law, those ballots should have been duplicated accordingly — not brought to another location and scanned.
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