The election day issues that left thousands of voters unable to cast ballots when polls opened on Aug. 28 were caused by a contractor error and faulty communication, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said again Wednesday. Fontes maintains that the contractor his office hired to install the new voter check-in machines failed to provide the needed man power to make sure all polling places were ready to accept voters. The company disagrees. Fontes in a news conference hinted that a legal battle with the contractor — Tempe-based Insight Enterprises — could be on the horizon. “I’m not going to get into a he-said-she-said fight with the contractor. That may end up in litigation later,” Fontes told reporters at the media event.
However, Fontes admitted his office did not do a good enough job communicating with voters and poll workers about the other options they had if they could not vote at their assigned polling places.
“We have taken responsibility for what has happened, we want to share that responsibility with some of the other folks who played a major part in the problems that we had, we’ve apologized to the voters who were affected and impacted by this and we are moving forward focused on a successful election in November,” he said.
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