(Tstarnes) – As many as 63,000 mail-in ballots were delivered to the wrong voters in Pinal County, Arizona.
The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Arizona released a statement calling for the immediate resignation of the county’s election director.
“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 Election Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican-heavy precinct locations running out of ballots,” read a statement released by the parties.
“This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important,” the statement continued. “Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately.”
Radio station KTAR reports the shortages were the result of “unprecedented demand for in-person ballots.”
The ballot shortage isn’t the first Pinal County issue during this election cycle.
Officials had to scramble after tens of thousands of voters were sent incorrect early mail ballots.
About 46,000 ballots mailed to voters in Casa Grande, Eloy, Maricopa, Mammoth and Superior plus the Pinal County portions of Apache Junction and Queen Creek were missing municipal contests.
The portions of Apache Junction and Queen Creek in Maricopa County were not affected, and neither were any other cities or towns in Pinal County.
The county said human error was to blame for the mistakes.
Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward blasted the county’s incompetence.
“What happened in Pinal County is completely unacceptable & makes it extremely difficult to have confidence in overall election results. Pinal is the third largest county in Arizona and it’s been screwed up since early voting began,” she wrote on Twitter.
After all the chaos in 2020 how in the world are there problems this significant in a single county? And how is it possible that the ballot shortages happened in Republican-heavy precincts?
— Ben Petersen (@bennpetersen) August 3, 2022