|For Immediate Release
Republican Party of Arizona Files Suit To Enforce Lawful Hand Count of Votes by Precinct, Not Voting Center
PHOENIX — The Republican Party of Arizona today filed a lawsuit to enforce a hand count of votes by precinct, not voting center, which is required under the law. As part of its suit, the Party asked for an order to direct the county to follow state statute.
Traditionally, voters have been assigned a “polling place” in their precinct at which to vote; however, for the 2020 general election, Maricopa County instead set up a number of polling places across the county called “vote centers” where voters from any precinct could vote. There is a fundamental difference between sampling “polling centers” and “precincts,” most notable being the fact that there were only around 175 vote centers this election, but there were 748 precincts. Hand counting by precinct would therefore potentially result in a more precise sampling of votes.
Republican Party of Arizona Chairwoman Kelli Ward issued the following statement on the lawsuit:
“The question here is one of statutory construction, and whether the Secretary of State's Elections Procedures Manual is able to supersede Arizona's state law. Arizona voters deserve complete assurance that the law will be followed and that only legal ballots will be counted in the 2020 election.”