When technicians descended upon Maricopa County on Aug. 27 to set up equipment for the August primary election, they found a plethora of issues. Locked polling places. Broken check-in machines. Printers with no toner. Out-of-date software. No wireless internet. And the list went on from there, according to Tempe-based information technology contractor Insight. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office hired Insight to assist with technology set-up the day before the primary and provide technical support on election day.
When things went awry on election day, resulting in 62 polling places that were not ready for voters at 6 a.m., Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes quickly blamed Insight. He said the company did not supply the required manpower to successfully set up all polling sites.
But in an Insight report the company released to The Arizona Republic, Insight tells a vastly different story. The company claims the county was tremendously unprepared for election day.