Election officials in Arizona‘s Maricopa County have identified the problem plaguing some of its ballot tabulation machines on Tuesday, noting they have fixed the issue at about half the locations experiencing delays.
Maricopa officials have changed the printer settings at the affected voting centers, which “seems to have resolved this issue,” the county said in a tweet. The county began reporting problems earlier Tuesday when some ballot tabulators were malfunctioning, prompting election officials to tell voters to either wait for the machines to come back online or to vote at another location.
“It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on ballots,” the county said. “This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations.”
County officials assured voters that the malfunction would not prevent anyone from casting their ballot, noting all votes will be counted if they are cast before polls close. Tabulators at about 20% of the 223 voting locations in the county were experiencing problems, according to the Washington Post.
The tabulator malfunctions elicited some criticism, particularly from Republican Kari Lake, who is running for Arizona governor. Lake has made election integrity a central tenet of her campaign as she runs against Katie Hobbs, who is Arizona’s secretary of state.
Former President Donald Trump also responded to the Maricopa voting machines, urging voters to “stay in line.”
“To the great people of Arizona, Maricopa County in particular, don’t leave the line. Stay where you are,” Trump said in a video posted on Truth Social.