Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday the use of Sharpie pens on election ballots” did not result in disenfranchisement.”
“Based on correspondence and conversations with Maricopa County officials, we are now confident that the use of Sharpie markers did not result in disenfranchisement for Arizona voters. We appreciate the county’s prompt insight and assurances to address public concerns,” Brnovich tweeted.
In a letter replying to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office about the issue, Brnovich said his office had received hundreds on inquiries on the topic and would continue to follow up on individual complaints and concerns.
False claims that using Sharpie pens could invalidate ballots in Arizona prompted a top Department of Homeland Security official on Thursday to urge people to stop spreading disinformation online connected to the so-called “#SharpieGate” rumors.
Those rumors fueled outrage among protesters Wednesday night, and prompted a lawsuit, joined by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, filed against Maricopa County election officials.
Some context: Rumors began to spread on social media Wednesday that voters in Arizona who used Sharpie pens on their ballots wouldn’t have their votes counted. That confusion prompted state officials, election monitors and a top Trump administration official to push back on “#SharpieGate” rumors.