Maricopa County Election Official Conspired To Give Sharpies That Ruined Ballots

( In testimony before the Arizona State Senate last week, the people conducting the audit of Maricopa County testified that paper ballot calibration was off by an average of 1000% in some batches which led to bleed-through causing overvotes or inaccurate vote attribution.

While the County maintains that they used only the thick “VoteSecure” paper stock which limits bleed-through, Cyber Ninjas found that a large number of ballots were printed on thin paper stock. Ballots printed on-demand at polling stations on the day of the election have the worst calibration problems. In total, Cyber Ninjas said these issues affected more than one hundred and sixty-eight thousand votes.

Back in November, National File reporter Patrick Howley tweeted a digital image of what purportedly was a memo from Kelly Dixon, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Training for Maricopa County Elections, dated October 22, 2020.

In the memo discussing concerns about “Sharpie Markers,” Dixon tells the “Amazing troubleshooters” that from October 23 to November 2, County Clerks are asked to provide voters with ballpoint pens rather than these markers. Then Dixon adds, “We NEED to use Markers on Election Day, but for now and through 11/2, hand voters a Ballpoint Pen.”

If this memo is authentic, it is a strange coincidence that they NEEDED to use Sharpie markers on the same day that on-demand ballots were printed on a thin paper stock – only increasing the likelihood of bleed-through.

A more cynical, suspicious person might conclude the County wanted these ballots to cause “overvotes” and inaccurate vote attribution.

This wasn’t the only problem the auditors discovered, however.

According to testimony in last Thursday’s hearing, auditors found 74,243 mail-in ballots with no clear record of ever having been sent out. 11,326 people who voted do not show up on the November 7 voter rolls, only to turn up on the December 4 database. On top of that, 3,981 people who voted on November 3rd registered to vote after the October 15 deadline, which is a violation of state law. Finally, approximately 18,000 people who voted on November 3 were subsequently removed from voter rolls.