Fontes again denies most election blame

[Editor;  That's right.  Fontes has no responsibility for the snafu we called the 2018 Primary.  Totally blameless.  The debil did it! (Not a typo)]

By Jessica Boehm Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK

The election-day issues that left thousands of voters unable to cast ballots when polls opened on Aug. 28 were caused by a contractor error and faulty communication, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said again Wednesday.

Fontes maintains that the contractor that his office hired to install the new voter check-in machines failed to provide the needed man power to make sure that all polling places were ready to accept voters.

The company disagrees.  [We disagree too.  The buck stops with the Recorder. He may have hired the wrong contractor. He certainly did not do a test run or require the company to do it.  Maybe he did't actually properly communicate wth the company.  We don't know.   We do know that honorable people take responsibility for their actions... or lack thereof.  Helen Purcell never blamed anyone but took responsibility and got fired by voters.  Fontes should not wait for the voters to decide.  An honorable person would resign, put their tails between their legs  and crawl away.  Fontes is doubling down and daring us, the voters, to disbelieve his futile excuses.]

Fontes in a news conference hinted that a legal battle with the contractor — Tempe-based Insight Enterprises — could be on the horizon.

“I’m not going to get into a he-said she-said fight with the contractor,” Fontes told reporters at the media event. “That may end up in litigation later.”  [Sure.  More taxpayer money wasted.  There would then be a counter suit.  Kaching.  Kaching.  Democrats love to spend taxpayer money.]

However, Fontes admitted his office did not do a good enough job communicating with voters and poll workers about the other options they had if they could not vote at their assigned polling places.  [No, no, no!!  There didn't need to be communication to tell voters how to bypass a screw-up.  The preparation should be such that there is no such massive screwup to start with.  Purcell was the Recorder for three decades and this never once happened.  She underestimated the enthusiasm of the voters and tried to cut costs as instructed.  Fired!]

“We have taken responsibility for what has happened, we want to share that responsibility with some of the other folks who played a major part in the problems that we had, we’ve apologized to the voters who were affected and impacted by this and we are moving forward focused on a successful election in November,” he said.

More than 60 polling places were not open at 6 a.m. when voting was supposed to commence on election day.

The “SiteBooks,” which store voterregistration information and let voters check in at the polls, were not properly installed at these polling places, leaving voters unable to secure ballots Tuesday morning.

The check-in equipment requires an Internet connection to access the voter registration database. If voters cannot check in, they cannot vote.

By 10 a.m., four sites were still closed. All were open by 11:30 a.m, Fontes said, though voters reported issues at polling places well into the afternoon.

The county had hired Insight Enterprises, a global information technology contractor, to set up the voter check-in equipment on Monday and provide technical support on Tuesday, the Recorder’s Office and an Insight representative said.

On election day, the Recorder’s Office said that the contractor hadn’t provided enough workers to set up on the day before and the morning of the election, causing them to fall behind. This led to polling sites that weren’t ready at 6 a.m.  [Once again, several activists have reported that they are experienced poll workers.  Some say there were never "techs on site on election day."  That work happens the day before and poll inspectors are required to be on site the day before to oversee set up and testing the equipment, internet connection, etc.  Techs are supposed to be on call to get to a site quickly to correct any machine breakdowsn.  Our experience as poll workers is that when a tech was called in the past, they were there within 10 minutes.]

The Recorder’s Office had said the contract called for 103 Insight technicians, and Insight provided 73. Insight said it provided 85 technicians.

Insight responded that it had provided more than enough technicians and went “above and beyond contractual obligations.”

The actual contract language says that Insight was to provide 93 technicians on Monday for eight-hour shifts beginning at 8 a.m., to set up 462 polling locations. The confusion may have stemmed from a note in parenthesis: Ten technicians will be retained in standby.

Insight read that as needing to supply 83 technicians with 10 on standby in case any of the 83 technicians were not available, said Scott Walters, a company spokesman.

“This was clearly understood by both parties,” he wrote.

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NOTE: Voters should NEVER have to stand in line at the right voting location, get to the front of the line only to be told to go somewhere else. That has nevee been done and is unacceptable. We just know some problems are going to crop up and the plan should be in place to resolve the problems with where the voter is!

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Let's be clear as to how this works.  The Maricopa County Recorder's Office is responsible for elections, not the Secy of State.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors made an agreement some 20 years or so ago to hand the elections department to the CR.  That office now handles the Maricopa County elections with the Board of Supervisors' approval.  The Secretary of State simply receives the results from the various counties.  The problem is that each county uses a different system.  Reagan proposed getting all counties to use the same system that would talk to the main system in the AZSOS office.  The AZSOS does not plan the conduct of elections, count the votes, send out ballots, etc.  That is the County Recorder.  The 15 counties could not agree to switch to one seamless reporting system.  It's like trying to get Starbucks to talk to McDonalds about coffee sales.  Thus, problems inevitably occur.  Blame the counties!

Thanks AFA. So since it's the county's who could not agree to the seamless proposal by SOS then this tells me that voters within the county's have an obligation to either force compliance to a well studied researched proposal from SOS or conclude not a good idea.

The problems overtime that have been noted seem not related entirely to reporting more broad than that. That is why the problem(s) issue might be served in cleaning the swamp in Maricopa County if party lawyers for the RNC were more engaged and that integrity issues be actively brought up to the central govt level and perhaps even to the DOJ.

I do blame the Maricopa County Recorder and hope others in the County and especially the LD Chairs will begin to asking their PC's to file and begin a recall drive, which will take thousands of signatures but the Voters deserve to be stood up for by their PC's on this one, and if they don't then what is the reason we do this to begin with? God Bless You; Van 

The only thing that is missing is how many Independents changed their voter registration to vote in one or the other primaries.  No real way to measure that but with that info, we could see whether a blue wave is developing.  I think many dems did't vote when there was little competition in the dem primary but more will come out in Nov  Rs still have the highest turn out because they will come out in the general.  I know many people who don't understand why the primary is important and won't vote in it.

My mate just changed her registration to Unaffiliated.

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