Arizona Republicans wanted to hand-count ballots. Then they saw the price tag- and errors.
Mohave County in Arizona has decided not to hand-count ballots in next year’s election after discovering that counting the ballots by hand would cost over a million dollars and lead to inaccurate results. Many Republican leaders in the state had been advocating for a shift to hand-counting votes in response to claims of voter fraud from former president Donald Trump and his supporters. However, after a test run in June where workers spent three days hand-counting a batch of 850 test ballots from the 2022 election determined that workers made mistakes in 46 out of 30,600 races and the total cost to complete the count would be a staggering $1,108,486, Republican officials have decided to shift away from the hand-count method.
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