Election after election has shown that large numbers of voters will vote in-person if given the opportunity to do so. Despite this, an Arizona county ran out of ballots in 20 precincts during Tuesday's primary election:
FOX 10 received several calls and emails on Election Day from viewers reporting a variety of problems with in-person voting, including a shortage of ballots. Some people at precinct 15 in San Tan Valley said they couldn't get a ballot to vote because the location ran out.
They were given a card telling them to come back later.
FOX 10 did reach out to a spokesperson for the county who said the polling site got new ballots around 2:30 and 2:45 in the afternoon. "Polling sites are being replenished as and when they request additional ballots for their sites," a spokesperson said.
At least 20 polling locations were impacted throughout the day.
A joint statement from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Republican Party of Arizona pointed out that Tuesday's mishap is just the latest incident involving Pinal County:
RNC Outside Counsel Justin Riemer added that needing extra in-person ballots was anything-but unforeseeable considering there were several important races on the ballot.
Election administration is a difficult job and mistakes happen, especially when officials are faced with unforeseeable events. What happened in Pinal County was anything but, particularly running out of ballots in a hotly contested primary. https://t.co/lGilaJuKkg— Justin Riemer (@Justin_Riemer) August 3, 2022
As of Thursday, the Elections Director is no longer employed by Pinal County:
Pinal County's elections director, David Frisk, is "no longer employed" with the county, according to a release today. . . .
Republican ballots were largely the ones that were running short on ballots at voting centers.
The events in Pinal County on Tuesday illustrate the importance of local election administration and the need for accountability and oversight of our election officials.