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Arizona election workers work to resolve problems with voting machines on primary day

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Officials in Arizona said on Tuesday that the problems with voting machines in several polling stations temporarily prevents that people will be able to cast ballots in the state primary elections.

A spokesman from the Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes told Fox News on Tuesday afternoon that “all of the polling sites, dealing with technical problems fixed this morning.”

A source familiar with the process said that because of the problems Maricopa County issues a court may stay an extension for polls open past 7 p. m local time.

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Previously, Fontes, said that his office, in the state’s most populous county, learned of the problems Monday afternoon. Four polling stations, he said, were up to 10 PM

“This is not a problem, this is a serious Problem, where many voters in Maricopa County are not able to get to voting,” said Fontes.

The contractor hired to send set-up-poll-failed machines in the Phoenix area, obviously not enough technicians to leave several polling stations out of operation. Fontes says that he fixes sent his staff to make as many locations as possible.

Fontes says the contractor has not set up the machines on time. More than 100 calls from voters have problems, on Tuesday reported.

According to ABC 15 in Arizona, some voters say, they turned away from the polls because of tehnical and computer problems.

A frustrated voters, Ben Saylor, told the Associated Press he came to his polling station in the North of Phoenix and I was told that the systems are not up to lunch. He was directed to a voice-somewhere in the polling station and was told he would have to cast a provisional ballot.

“If you agree to a registered citizen, and you have the right to, it should be said, no such thing as a provisional ballot,” Saylor.

In the elections on Tuesday of the Republican primary to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake.

In the race, two-term Rep. Martha McSally as the leader, as she struggles, and challenges from the right from former state Sen. Kelli Ward and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In the state Governor’s race, President Trump the re-election supported the effort by Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, which is facing a challenge Tuesday from former Secretary of state Ken Bennett.

“Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona is doing a great job,” Trump said. “It would be really nice, show your support tomorrow by voting for him on Tuesdays in the elementary school. Doug is strong on crime, the border, and our Second Amendment. Loves our military and our vets. He has my full and complete consent.”

Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona is doing a great job. It would be really nice, show your support tomorrow by voting for him on Tuesdays in the elementary school. Doug is strong on crime, the border, and our Second Amendment. Loves our military and our vets. He has my full and complete consent.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018

In the meantime, Ducey is expected to appoint someone soon to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, died Saturday.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Pat Ward, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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