A week after election-day voting problems impacted 95 precincts and thousands of people, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes broke his silence in an unannounced Facebook live video. “We had some problems,” he said. “We didn’t deliver for all of our voters.” In the video, Fontes apologized for the issues that resulted in polling locations that were not ready for voters at 6 a.m. when voting was set to begin. On election day, Fontes blamed the issue on an IT contractor who he said did not provide the agreed-upon resources to set up the voter check-in machines. The Tempe-based contractor disputed Fontes’ claim and pointed the finger back on an unprepared Recorder’s Office.
“We made some judgment calls that were not in the best interest,” Fontes said on the Facebook video Tuesday. “Whether it was in our control or not, it happened.”
Fontes said his office is preparing a report that will answer questions voters and the media have asked over the past week. The report will be released Wednesday or Thursday, he said.