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Former AZ Supreme Court chief justice leading investigation into Election Day printer issues

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, January 6, 2023 - 1:54pm
Updated: Friday, January 6, 2023 - 2:43pm

An elections worker runs ballots through vote-counting machines
Drake Presto/Cronkite News
An elections worker runs ballots through vote-counting machines at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022.

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor will lead an independent investigation into printer problems at some polling locations in Maricopa County on Election Day.

McGregor has helmed similar inquiries, such as a 2019 investigation into issues with locks on state prison cell doors. 

Maricopa County officials said printer settings had caused ballots not to be printed dark enough for tabulation machines to read. 

Board Supervisor Bill Gates said the same printer settings were used in the August primary and the November general election, except they only experienced problems on Nov. 8. 

Although losing gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has claimed in court that the problems were intentionally caused, no actual evidence of tampering has been produced. 

Politics Elections