One of the largest counties in Arizona parted ways with its elections director after the office failed to print enough ballots for voters in its Tuesday primary.
Pinal County’s government announced Thursday that David Frisk was no longer employed after “recent issues” with the primary election.
It’s not clear whether Frisk was fired or resigned. However, County Supervisor Jeffrey McClure said in a Wednesday news conference that the county would be “taking action” in response to the debacle, according to Arizona KVOA.
County officials are explaining the ballot shortage as a human error, having underestimated the turnout in the primary election.
The shortage disproportionately impacted registered independents who wanted to vote in the Republican primary at a polling place. County officials didn’t anticipate the turnout of independents who wanted to vote in the contest.
“Quite frankly, we underestimated, that’s what happened,” said county attorney Kent Volkmer.
“There were more people that showed up than we thought were going to show up.”
Volkmer admitted that some Pinal County voters were unable to vote at a polling place due to a lack of ballots.
Lengthy lines deterred some citizens from voting.
Pinal County press conference is live. Spokesperson emphasizes that only about 2.5% of ballots were impacted
— Camryn Sanchez (@CamrynSanchezAZ) August 3, 2022
It was the second big mistake for the Pinal elections office in a month. In early July, the county mailed 60,000 misprinted early ballots to voters.
Thursday’s announcement said Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross would be filling the role of elections director, resigning from her position as an elected county official to do so.
McClure, the chairman of Pinal County’s Board of Supervisors, expressed his remorse for the county’s mismanaged election in the news release announcing Frisk’s replacement.
“As a Board, we are deeply embarrassed and frustrated by the mistakes that have been made in this primary election, and as such, we are taking immediate steps to ensure the November election runs smoothly, as elections in Pinal County have historically done prior to this primary,” said McClure.
The county officials rejected claims that the ballot shortage was intentionally manufactured, describing the situation as a mistake.
— Walter Sandsin (@WSandsin) August 4, 2022
Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and senate candidate Blake Masters triumphed in Arizona’s Republican primary.
No this was done purposely because polling showed a lot of independents were going to vote R so they had to stop them by not having enough ballots . Democrats will only stop cheating or vote rigging when they are no longer alive and even then will continue to vote twice or three times.
Every time there’s a screwup w/ elections, it ends in negative consequences for republicans and independents. EVERY TIME.
MORE ELECTION STEALING GOING ON LIKE IN THE 2016 CORRUPTED O.W.O ELECTIONS, ITS NOT GOING TO STOP SO DON’T DESTROY THE VOTING SYSTEM DESTROY & EXTERMINATE THE CORRUPTED COMMUNIST O.W.O. DEMONIC DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING THIS COMMUNIST INFESTED SYSTEM,
There must be a better, simpler. more honest system than elections to find a proper leader for a nation, I think this 4-year system America has in electing their leaders is completely obsolete, Russia seems to have the better system, If a leader does well for the country, they keep him there forever if need be. America finds a good leader and he is out in 4 years no matter what he has accomplished. Of course, this is difficult to achieve as humans tend to lean toward dishonesty. ,,under the table activities and distrust.
“Embarrassed and frustrated”. Oh how terrible for them. As they feign feeling bad they will just double down and keep right on doing what they do so well, throw roadblocks in the way of conservatives. Many will go away for awhile and resurface somewhere else with a promotion and a raise. If I roll my eyes at a leftist I am to be called every “ist” in the book!