Use Sharpies Only on Election Day Despite “Issues and Concerns,” Says Maricopa Co. Email

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An Maricopa, Co., election official purportedly ordered poll workers to hand out ballpoint pens to early voters and Sharpie markers for those voting on Election Day.

The order, which was in an email shared by US House candidate John Barnett, is significant because ballots marked with Sharpies cannot be read well by voting machines due to ‘bleed-through’ – and Republican voter turnout was expected to peak on Election Day.

“We’ve heard you and we know you’re hearing issues and concerns about the Sharpie markers,” reads the Oct. 22 email. “Starting tomorrow, 10/23, and through 11/2, we are asking that clerks hand voters BALLPOINT PENS rather than markers.”

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