Maricopa County official reports strong voter turnout

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.

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.

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.