8 polling places in Maricopa County not ready for Election Day

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes gives a tour of the election warehouse where workers are getting equipment ready for the November election.

As of 9:15 p.m. Monday, the day before Election Day, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office had eight of 503 polling places left to set up.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said his team is in a much better position than they were the night before the August primary,when 62 polling places did not open on time because they were not set up.

“I’m pretty confident that we’re in good shape,” Fontes said. “We’re just ironing out the bumps.” 

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Fontes has blamed a contractor his office hired to assist with the polling place set up for the primary election. The contractor denies this and instead blamed the county’s poor planning. 

Fontes decided not to hire a contractor for the November election and is instead relying solely on temporary poll workers and county employees.

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