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“SharpieGate” Resurfaces: Archived Web Captures Reveal More

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  • SharpieGate resurfaces with a historical review of archived posts from the Maricopa County Recorder. On October 26, 2020, guidance for the use of Sharpies changed, and voters were instructed to use Sharpie markers to fill out their ballots. 
  • Voting machines and ballots were changed for the Democratic Presidential Preference Election in March 2020. The equipment and ballots were used in all ensuing elections. The equipment and ballots were changed, in part, so that voters could use Sharpies that are “fast drying.” YET, the guidance discouraging the use of Sharpies stayed in place until October 26.
  • SB1135 was put in place in February of 2020 to authorize new tabulating equipment and to set guidance for ballot duplication procedures. 
  • Kelly Dixon wrote an email to staff on October 22, 2020, instructing them to have voters use “ballpoint pens instead of markers between 10/23 and 11/2.” In that same email, Dixon told clerks and voters that they “NEED to use Sharpies on Election Day.”

Much has resurfaced about the use of Sharpies pens in Arizona’s Maricopa County November election. Research into various archived pages on the Maricopa County Recorder website shows different versions of guidance on the use of Sharpies on ballots. Also resurfacing are the changes in the paper ballots and machines that were installed in March of 2020 for the Democratic Presidential Preference Election.

A deep dive into archived links on the Maricopa County Recorder website has exposed a bigger story concerning Sharpie-Gate, especially in the context of the July 15, Arizona Senate Forensic Audit Hearing.

UncoverDC has put together a timeline to clarify and organize the available information relating to guidance on Sharpies. Official statements and emails by Maricopa County officials from October of 2018 well into 2021 concerning the paper used and recommended writing implements for marking the ballots are all reviewed in order of their occurrence.

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