Maricopa announces investigation into election problems in midterms

The Board of Supervisors executives announced their decision to investigate what happened to the printers.

Maricopa County (Arizona) announced that they are launching an investigation into the reported problems with polling place printers on the day of the midterms.

In a statement, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman announced their decision in an effort to assure they are committed to finding out the truth about what caused the election problems:

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

They added:

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. Our voters deserve nothing less. Maricopa County appreciates Justice McGregor’s willingness to serve in this role. We look forward to her findings.

Premeditated configuration changes

This investigation will serve to clarify what really went wrong on the day of the midterm election. A witness who examined the defective ballots which caused the problems with the votes said that someone must have changed the configuration of the printers:

These are not a bump against the printer and the settings change. There are security configurations. I’ve reviewed the evidence, and the printers are configured via script, which by any large organization that has to do multiple systems is the standard. It takes away the human error of somebody miscoding in the instructions on the printer.