2018 Primary Election Review

Primary Elections 2018 Review

On August 28, 2018, Maricopa County voters went to the polls to cast ballots in the 2018 Primary Election. Several significant issues were reported.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors requested a review to determine what caused these issues and what can be done to ensure the best possible outcome for the 2018 General Election. This website will provide information related to that work and the steps being taken in response.


Timeline

August 28
Primary Election Day

August 29
Internal Audit Department’s review of the 2018 Primary Election begins at the direction of the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

September 5
Board of Supervisors approves $200,000 in funding for an external review of Primary Election processes.

September 10
Elections Department launches an online survey for voters to share their experience about the 2018 Primary Election.

September 10
Maricopa County releases a Task Order soliciting qualified outside organizations to conduct a review of Primary Election processes.

September 19
Maricopa County awards the contract for outside services to BerryDunn.

September 21
Internal Audit Department releases an interim report on issues surrounding the 2018 Primary Election.

October 3
Elections Department sends email message to all county staff, asking for employees to help set up voting locations the day before the election.  


Published Reports


Background

  • In Maricopa County, the Recorder is an elected official whose responsibility includes planning and running elections as head of the Elections Department.
  • The Board of Supervisors receives information and data from the Elections Department that members expect to be sound and then approves funding to carry out a plan
  • The Board approved $3.9 million for the Recorder’s Office to purchase new technology last fiscal year (FY 2018) and nearly $20 million for elections this fiscal year (FY 2019).
  • The Internal Audit Department works for the Board of Supervisors and was established by state law as a way for the Board to ensure proper performance of elected and appointed offices.