Ballots are processed Nov. 10, 2022 at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Elections Center in Phoenix.

Voter misinformation contributed to ‘Gate 3’ numbers, officials say

Ballots are processed Nov. 10, 2022 at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Elections Center in Phoenix.

At least 1,300 ballots placed in “Gate 3” on Election Day ended up in those secure boxes for reasons other than Maricopa County printer issues, according to election officials.

Officials believe misinformation about pens and the marking of ballots may have contributed to tabulators’ inability to read those ballots.

These ballots were from voters marked in blue ballpoint pen, with checkmarks, x-marks and other ambiguous markings rather than the filled-in oval bubble.

The number of ballots that landed in secure boxes used for tabulator misreads, known as “Gate 3”, due to issues with printer settings on Election Day becomes “de smaller and smaller,” Chief Electoral Officer Scott Jarrett said.

“It shows that there are other reasons why some of those ballots entered door number three that were unrelated to the printers,” he said.

Printers were a problem, of course.

In Maricopa County, polling station printers produce on-demand ballots so voters can vote at any location in the county. Officials determined on Election Day that formatting marks and text on some printer-produced ballots were not printed dark enough for tabulators to read.


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