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MCRO reaching out to voters who did not receive requested early ballots

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PHOENIX — Nearly 2,000 voters did not receive the early voting ballots they requested due to a website malfunction, according to Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes.

“We discovered the system was reporting which Independent voters were requesting early ballots, but not what type of ballots they were selecting,” Fontes said. “The office has been reaching out by email and mail to those voters to inform them of the situation and ensure we send them the correct ballot.”

According to the Recorder’s office, 1,154 of the 1,922 voters who were affected have been successfully contacted and their ballots have been retrieved.

“The website is working securely and correctly now. We will continue to accept early ballot requests from all voters, and ballot selections from Independents,” Fontes said.

Voters have until Aug. 17 to request early ballots, which must be mailed by Aug. 22, the last day to mail in an early ballot.

Early voting at live polling locations in Maricopa County runs through Aug. 24, with select sites staying open Aug. 25 and 27 for “emergency voting.”

“The MCRO recognizes that this extra step is frustrating and unacceptable. We off our apologies and thank the community for working in partnership with us to ensure Independent voters get the access to the ballot they are entitled to.”

Independent voters who applied for an early ballot before July 12 but have not received their ballot yet were encouraged to visit the Recorder’s office website or call 602-506-1511.

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