Pinal County, Arizona, has fired Election Director David Friske after pressure from Republicans after polling problems occurred on primary election night.
Pinal County released a statement, Mentionsed that, due to recent polling issues on Election Night, where there were a shortage of ballot papers in certain districts, “David Frisk is no longer in the position of Director of Elections and is no longer an employee of Pinal County.”
As a result, County Recorder Virginia Ross resigned from her position and was appointed to the position of Director of Elections, effective immediately. “Ross did not oversee the election administration for this primary in her role as county registrar,” the statement added.
There will be a special session meeting with the Board of Supervisors on Friday to appoint a county registrar to fill out the remainder of Ross’ term, which ends on December 31, 2024.
“Having become a Penal County Registrar since 2013, this primary has been a stinging experience for all of us,” Ross said in a statement explaining her experience. “I look forward to engaging all stakeholders in Pinal County as we work together to finalize these primary elections, before we immediately turn our attention to the November elections.”
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Rona McDaniel and RPAZ Chair Dr. Kelly Ward have issued the following statement regarding Frisk’s impeachment.
“The removal of Pinal County Election Director David Frisk is an important step toward restoring Arizona’s confidence in their election,” the two said in a statement. “The electoral failures noted by the CEP during the Arizona primaries were unacceptable and underscore the importance of transparency at the ballot box.”
“Republicans will continue to hold accountable incompetence, fight for transparency, make voting easier and harder for fraud in Arizona and nationwide,” McDaniel Ward added.
On primary election night, after news spread that there were not enough votes in certain districts, McDaniel and Ward also issued a joint statement criticizing the boycott and calling on Frisk to resign “immediately” over the “mass failure” that “disenfranchises Arizona.” “
Carrie Lake, the Trump-backed Republican nominee for Governor of Arizona too chest A statement in support of the election director’s resignation and asking two questions:If your right to vote is literally taken away, is this person’s resignation enough to rectify that? ” And the “How big would our win be if all these people were allowed to vote? “