Here are the live results for the Arizona primary elections
PHOENIX — Thousands of voters in Arizona went to the polls on Tuesday in order to elect their party’s representative in several key races, including U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. but problems soon persisted: Several polling places in the Phoenix area faced technical issues as primary election balloting began. County officials claimed that they knew of these problems beforehand.
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes admitted that his office had been told that technicians didn’t show up at some voting sites to try the equipment the previous day as scheduled.
“I am absolutely not happy that some voters don’t feel like they’ve been served properly,” Fontes said on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes Show on Tuesday.
Voters from Avondale, Gilbert, north Phoenix, Peoria, Chandler and Mesa said in texts to KTAR News 92.3 FM that problems varied from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website sending them to the wrong polling place and being turned away once they arrived to locked doors or computers malfunctioning and Wi-Fi not working.
Fontes said all polling sites were operational before noon.
Fontes asked the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to petition to the Superior Court to extend the hours at multiple polling locations, but they decided not to.
“Members of the board were not told of any concerns yesterday, when the recorder first became aware of issues, nor were members notified prior to the polls opening this morning,” Chairman Steve Chucri said in a statement.
“Now the board is being asked to step in and take unprecedented action that may confuse voters, delay returns, and have other unintended consequences.”
Voters were encouraged to be in line to cast their ballot by 7 p.m.
Despite the hiccup, a record-setting number of people — more than a million — were expected to turnout to vote on Tuesday.
For results and reaction, listen to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s primary roundtable program Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.