Arizona County Shows the Need for Oversight of our Elections

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:

“During Arizona’s primary elections, the RNC and Republican Party of Arizona's poll observer program documented and reported multiple failures by Pinal County’s Elections Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican-heavy precinct locations running out of ballots. This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important. Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately.”

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. 

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.