PHOENIX (KSAZ/AP) - Maricopa County's top election official says the Election Day turnout at polling sites in metro Phoenix is almost on par with a presidential election.
As of 5:30 p.m., County Recorder Adrian Fontes says more than 240,000 ballots were cast at polling places Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Fontes says lines at some locations left people waiting for a voting booth, but not to check in. He says there have been some hiccups at a few of the some 500 voting sites.
The hiccups included technical glitches at one in Mesa and a foreclosure that locked up one in Chandler.
BREAKING: @RecorderFontes says there was a “system-wide hiccup” where computers were down for 5 minutes. Doesn’t know exact cause of tech problem, adding the glitch has been fixed, and there was no huge spike in wait times as a result across the county. @FOX10Phoenix— Marcy Jones Fox 10 (@MarcyJonesFox10) November 6, 2018
Polling location at Golf Academy not operational as of right now according to @RecorderFontes #Arizona #ElectionDay Location was closed by landlord overnight who was not aware it was a polling location.— Renee Nelson (@Fox10Renee) November 6, 2018
Fontes says the Chandler location is being set up at an alternative site elsewhere in the same property. Officials had planned initially to relocate to a high school.
UPDATE: We are advising voters assigned to the Polling Place at 2031 N. Arizona Ave in Gila Precinct to use the Chandler City Hall Vote Center, at 175 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler due to building access issues. We will keep you posted. #Vote #ElectionDay— Adrian Fontes (@RecorderFontes) November 6, 2018
On Monday evening, FOX 10 learned that 72 polling places across the Valley were not ready for Election Day.
Maricopa County has over 500 polling locations.