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Issues with pens, ballots dot otherwise smooth day

Ink on the ballots and ballot shortages at some polling places smeared what otherwise was a quiet primary election day across Arizona.

More than 106,000 voters turned out to the polls in Maricopa County to vote in person, according to Megan Gilbertson, Elections Department spokesperson. 

Even as Maricopa County officials sought to tamp down conspiracy theories about government-issued felt pens being used to alter votes, they confirmed black ink from those pens smeared some ballots.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said he was aware of ink smearing on some ballots in one location. But no ballots were rejected or spoiled, he said. 

“I am not aware of anyone who has been turned down,” he told The Arizona Republic  Tuesday. “I am not aware of anyone who has not been able to…

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