By Corinne Murdock |
Maricopa County reportedly failed to record one of their unstaffed drop boxes for at least three weeks.
The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) discovered the error after they requested the video feed for two drop boxes late last month. In response to the request, the county reportedly discovered that they failed to record the unstaffed drop box located at the Maricopa County Juvenile Court. The county reportedly began to record the drop box the day after the MCRC request, on July 28.
MCRC explained in a Saturday press release that the county delayed their request and responded with the wrong video feed initially before admitting that they never recorded the footage due to “a glitch or human error.” They asserted that this mistake only worsened GOP voters’ sentiments about drop boxes.
“Maricopa County Republicans do not trust drop boxes. We have very serious concerns about unstaffed drop boxes. However, we have grave concerns about unstaffed and unmonitored drop boxes where the lack of video recording goes unnoticed for 3 weeks,” said MCRC.
The county confirmed to MCRC that the drop box footage was live-streamed — just not recorded for subsequent review.
MCRC requested that the county decommission the drop box’s further use for the upcoming November election.
MCRC said that the footage of the other drop box, located at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC), contained no concerning issues.
AZ Free News reached out to the Maricopa County Elections Department multiple times for comment concerning the error. They didn’t offer comment or an explanation by press time.