November 28, 2022

Board of Supervisors Certifies Maricopa County Election Results

Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors canvassed the 2022 General Election, certifying the election results are accurate and providing a full accounting of all the ballots cast in the election.

More than 1.56 million voters (64.2%) cast a ballot in this midterm election, exceeding the historic average of 56.3 percent going back five decades, just behind the record high turnout in 2018 of 64.5 percent.

“Today's canvass represents another important step in the democratic process," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. "I appreciate the work of Recorder Richer and his team helping more than a million people vote early, and I am proud of the way our Elections Department responded to unexpected challenges on Election Day and provided voters with proven, secure options that allowed their votes to count.  I am confident the canvass provides an accurate tally of all legal votes.”

On Election Day, voters were able to choose from 223 locations up from 175 in 2020. More than 540,000 voters waited to vote until Election Day, including a 70 percent increase in the number of voters that dropped off an early ballot. Lines averaged less than six minutes, with more than 85 percent of sites seeing peak wait times of no more than 45 minutes.

“Elections don't happen without patriotic people who work full-time or volunteer with our Elections Department," said Vice Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4.  "These are the people who assist voters at the polls, transport ballots, verify identities, and make sure votes are counted as they were cast.  They are good people who did good work to ensure accurate results in this election.  I stand by that work.  But there is more to work to do, and I want voters to know my colleagues and I are committed to making the changes necessary to ensure the printer issues that impacted our Vote Centers on Election Day never happen again.”

Over 84 percent of the voters that participated in the General Election did so early. To ensure all voters have access to independently cast a ballot, more than 2,300 voters used an alternative voting option, including braille and large print ballots, and accessible voting devices.

“Registered voters in Maricopa County had 27 days to cast a ballot in this election.  Nearly a million of them did so before Election Day.  Another 290,000 dropped their early ballot in a secure box at one of our 223 Vote Centers.  And about 250,000 cast a ballot in-person on Election Day," said Supervisor Jack Sellers, District 1. "No matter how you voted, all legal ballots were counted.  I want to thank the Elections Department, the Recorder's Office, and our legion of volunteers and temporary workers who put in long hours to enable more than 1.5 million registered voters to participate.”

While 43 Election Day sites were impacted by intermittent printer issues, just 1 percent of voters needed to place their ballot in “door 3.” All 16,724 of those ballots were counted at the Elections Department with observers present. This secure practice is not new and has been used by voters in every election since Maricopa County began using on-site tabulators in 1996.

“I appreciate everyone who took the time to share their feelings and frustration with us today. If even one voter has a negative experience, that's something we will work to change and improve upon," said Supervisor Thomas Galvin, District 2. "Despite the issues we faced, I'm proud of how our staff came together to provide voters with the information and options to cast their ballot, resulting in incredible voter turnout. I'm optimistic that we can work together in the coming months to make a good system even better.” 

Throughout the election nearly 3,000 community members stepped up to serve voters in this election. As with every election, all sites were staffed with bipartisan workers.

“This election was safe, secure, and accurate.  That's the bottom line.  The rhetoric suggesting otherwise is the true threat to our democracy, and a disservice to the hard-working election employees and officials who ensured voters had the ability to cast their vote," said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. "We will push past the noise, focus on what matters, and continue to follow the law. That's what we're doing today with this canvass, moving Arizona forward and respecting the will of 1.56 million Maricopa County voters.”

Maricopa County has already begun preparing for the statutorily required automatic recount, which will begin after the state certification on December 5. Recounts are automatically triggered when the margin between two candidates or a contest is extremely close. There are two statewide contests within the 0.5 percent margin — Arizona Attorney General and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. In addition, two of the three candidates for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 13 also falls within the automatic recount threshold. Find election results here.

Find the canvass presentation here.

Find the canvass summary document here.

Board of Supervisors Summary Canvass