Officials Apologize for Tabulation Machine Problems in Maricopa County, Arizona

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Shortly after polls opened on Election Day, an apology came forth from Maricopa County, Arizona, Supervisor Bill Gates for problems with tabulation machines at about 20 percent of their polling sites.  At a news conference on Wednesday, Gates explained “the lion’s share” of in-person votes had been counted, but about 17,000 ballots, or 7 percent, had not been counted as a result of the printing errors.  While admitting “yesterday was not a perfect election,” Gates dismissed any possibility of foul play or ‘criminal’ activity in regard to issues with the machines.