Maricopa County election officials: 72 polling places not ready for Election Day

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- FOX 10 has learned that a number of polling places in Maricopa County are not ready for Election Day business, as of 5:45 p.m. Monday.

Election officials spoke with FOX 10's John Hook on the issue.

According to officials, there is no guarantee they will be ready for Election Day, and they are hoping to work through the night to open on time.

In a live interview on FOX 10 News at 9, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said the number of polling places that are not ready has gone down significantly. 

"One of our main concerns going on is that there's a lot of alarmism going on, regarding what's operational and what's not, and we want people to have confidence that these sites are all gonna be open tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for voting, and we want people to get out and vote and vote and continue the record numbers, because we're gonna have all of the manpower that we need to make this happen for voters," said Fontes, during the interview. "The idea that there's some kind of catastrophe is great storytelling, but tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m., we want folks out there voting, and doing their civic duty."

In an earlier live interview on FOX 10 Xtra News at 7, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes talked about preparing for the elections, as the countdown to Election Day continues.

"It's just like preparing for a playoff game. I think a lot of people can relate to that," said Fontes. "You're making sure you've got everything in place, and folks are doing things they need to do to prepare, and it's still pretty busy around here."

Fontes was also asked about any extra measures that are in place to ensure smooth election operations, after the primary election was marred by difficulties.

"We got 125 troubleshooters out there, we've got our own people -- our inspectors are setting up their own equipment. That's been going on all day, and it's been going pretty smoothly," said Fontes.

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