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Live blog: Some Maricopa County voters face technical issues, long waits on Election Day

Nov 8, 2022, 8:01 PM | Updated: 9:11 pm

              Voters wait in line outside a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
            Voters wait to cast their ballots at the Biltmore Fashion Park on Nov. 8, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks about voting machine malfunctions at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 08, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona. He said that about 20 percent of polling stations in the county have had tabulation machine malfunctions, where some ballots cannot be read. These ballots, he said, are being set aside for tabulation at the central election center in the evening after the polls close. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) A voter arrives to cast their ballot at the Phoenix Art Museum on November 08, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Teresa Brice from the Election Protection Arizona Association sits in front of the voting center at the Burton Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 8, 2022. (Photo by Olivier Touron/ AFP via Getty Images) A voter casts his ballot at a drop box on Nov. 8, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona. After months of candidates campaigning, Americans are voting in the midterm elections to decide close races across the nation. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Maricopa County officials Stephen Richer and Bill Gates explain the technical issues plaguing some voting sites in metro Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. Richer is the county recorder; Gates is chair of the county board of supervisors. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) A woman waves an American flag to greet motorists as they head to vote in the US midterm election at The Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in San Luis, Arizona on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images) Outside the voting center at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Security is in place at Maricopa County Elections Department headquarters in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) A voter drops off ballots at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Voters stand in line to cast their ballots at The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Centers in Yuma, Arizona, on Nov.8, 2022. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona voters rolled to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state’s midterm general election, deciding on a long list of representation, state officials and measures.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Besides races for governor, U.S. Senate and House and statewide offices such as secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction and treasurer, legislative candidates and justices and judges up for retention, there are 10 propositions on the ballot.

“This ballot is like an epic poem in and of itself. It has 75-plus contests. It’s been taking the average voter 15, 20, 25 minutes to fill it out,” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.

Anyone standing in line at 7 p.m. when polls officially close will be allowed to vote, he said.

In Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, the elections department will begin posting unofficial results at Results.Maricopa.Vote at 8 p.m. and will update through the night.

Starting Wednesday, “late early” ballots that weren’t received in time to be counted before Election Day will be scanned and signature-verified before being fed into tabulators.

8:02 p.m.

Early results showed several statewide Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, with leads.

Full election results are available online.

5:10 p.m.

The Republican National Committee sued Maricopa County, asking for a three-hour extension for polling centers because of issues with ballot tabulators.

The county has no plans to extend voting hours unless ordered by a court to do so.

4:10 p.m.

Stephen Richer told KTAR News 92.3 FM Gaydos and Chad Show that tabulator issues have been resolved at “almost all of the voting centers.”

At least 49 of the polling centers with issues have been fixed.

2:07 p.m.

Following hours of ballot tabulator issues, officials said printer settings were to blame.

Technicians are working to resolve the issue by changing the printer settings at impacted vote centers. The issue wasn’t allowing some tabulators to successfully process all ballots.

The problem didn’t prevent voters from casting their ballot, officials said.

12:17 p.m.

The number of vote centers in Maricopa County affected by tabulator issues has reached 60, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates said at press conference.

A few hours earlier, there were 40 centers having technical issues.

“At this point, we’re not sure what’s causing that,” Gates said.

Burton Barr Library in central Phoenix reported problems shortly after polls opened.

11:03 a.m.

Many voters around the Valley are waiting in long lines to cast their ballots.

At Mesa Community College Red Mountain, the wait time was 68 minutes, while Cave Creek Town Hall showed 60 minutes, according to the county’s voting locations list.

10 a.m.

As promised, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone dispatched deputies and detention officers to various polling sites while others are patrolling the grounds at the elections department in downtown Phoenix.

“There will be a lot more deputies tucked away in case we need to respond [to a situation],” Penzone told The Mike Broomhead Show.

“We don’t want to treat this like it’s a military site but we want to make sure that we’re protecting it … like Fort Knox. Every vote is a piece of gold and we’re going to treat it that way and protect the people inside and protect the vote itself,” he said.

8:55 a.m.

Gates said at a press conference about 40 vote centers – close to 20% of the 223 sites – are having technical problems with tabulation machines.

8:40 a.m.

Richer told Broomhead that at least 10% of the county’s voting locations have at least one tabulation down.

8:15 a.m.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates offered advice to voters having problems casting their ballots:

7:25 a.m.

Technical issues at Burton Barr Library in central Phoenix have been resolved, election officials said. Tabulation machines went down as soon as voting began, delaying in-person voting.

Brad from Phoenix didn’t have any trouble, he told KTAR News. He dropped off his ballot and was on his way quickly.

6:30 a.m.

Poll workers at Burton Barr Library entered a password incorrectly and were locked out of tabulating machines but a technician was on the way to resolve the problem. In-person voters were eventually allowed to fill out ballots. The elections office said those ballots would be stored in a safe place until they can be put through the tabulators after polls close.

6 a.m.

In-person voters who showed up at Burton Barr Library were directed elsewhere after issues with tabulation machines surfaced.

Voters dropping off early ballots were not affected by the malfunctioning machines.

Security was tight at elections department headquarters in downtown Phoenix.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, concrete barriers and fencing were in place as a precaution against a repeat of 2020 protests and other disruptions.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross, Griselda Zetino, Taylor Kinnerup and Kate Ourada contributed to this report.

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