August 15, 2022
Board of Supervisors Canvass Maricopa County Primary Election Results
Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors canvassed the 2022 August Primary Election, certifying that the results are accurate and provided a full accounting of all the ballots cast in the election.
With more than 866,000 (35%) voters participating in the 2022 August Primary, the Maricopa County Elections Department has counted more primary ballots than ever before. It took just 72 hours to count and report 99 percent of the ballots.
"First of all, I want to thank the voters for turning out in record numbers for a primary election. Democracy only works when people feel like they can express themselves, and we are grateful that so many of our residents felt empowered to do so,” said Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. "A huge thanks to all the workers and volunteers who made this the most transparent election we've ever run."
“The political parties worked with us to observe and audit the count results,” said Vice Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. “I’m proud of these partnerships that bring everyone together to achieve another well-run election that complies with Arizona law.”
Over 88 percent of the voters that participated in the Primary Election did so early. Maricopa County continued to provide voters with a multitude of early voting options including voting by mail, returning or casting a ballot in person, voting on a braille or large print ballot, and other accessible voting options.
“This was a very successful election,” said Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. “We saw the largest voter turnout in a primary and reported results faster than ever. We will continue to build on that success and work to improve the process for the voters of Maricopa County even more."
“The Maricopa County Elections Department continues to set the standard for how to run secure and accurate elections in an extremely challenging environment," said Supervisor Jack Sellers, District 1. "We are taking what we have learned from a record-setting primary and are already focused on preparing for a successful General Election in November.”
On Election Day, voters continued to be able to choose from 210 Vote Centers versus a single location. More than 288,000 ballots were cast in person from July 6-August 2 and voters waited less than a minute on average.
“The eyes of the country and the eyes of the world were on Maricopa County this past week,” said Supervisor Tom Galvin, District 2. “Some people were, unfortunately, hoping to see problems, but in this election, there were virtually no problems. I am so proud of our Elections Department, our poll workers, and the residents who volunteered to make sure this election ran smoothly. It's proof again, our democracy works."
No matter how a voter chose to cast a ballot, nearly 90% said they felt informed by the county about their voting options.
“I want to thank our County Recorder, our two Elections Directors, and the hundreds of staff and volunteers involved in making the August Primary Election a huge success," said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. "Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are enabled a record number of people to vote. I couldn't feel more confident in canvassing this election, and I'm looking forward to running another safe, secure, and accurate election in November.”