/ Modified aug 19, 2021 9:03 a.m.

Arizona county seeks reimbursement for new voting machines

Maricopa County demands state Senate pay $2.8M to cover the costs of replacing vote-counting machines used in Legislature's election review.

Senate election audit The Arizona Senate's contractors count ballots from Maricopa County inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum during May 2021.
Andrew Oxford/pool photo

Arizona’s largest county is demanding the state Senate pay $2.8 million to cover the costs of replacing vote-counting machines that the state’s top election official says can't be used again because of their handling during the Senate Republicans’ 2020 election review.

Maricopa County’s GOP-controlled Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to seek reimbursement for machines that Senate Republicans gave to contractors led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the machines were compromised because they were given to people not certified to handle them.

She said she'd move to decertify them if the county didn’t replace them. Senate President Karen Fann says the machines were not broken or tampered with.

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