The Daily Beast reports:
Republicans hunting for votes in Arizona have become fixated on ballots that were marked with felt-tipped pens, alleging that poll workers tricked Trump supporters into invalidating their ballots by giving them Sharpies.
But election officials in the state say that ballots marked with felt-tipped pens—a favorite writing implement of the president—will still count.
The pen controversy appears to have started late on Election Day, with videos and pictures of Arizona voters alleging that poll workers duped them into using the markers.
Call the AZ AG immediately https://t.co/EAwqaEJKcb
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) November 4, 2020
If you don’t know what the Arizona Sharpie conspiracy thing is, spare yourself and ignore this. If you do know about it, know that it’s nonsense. https://t.co/WsGfxXYPSl
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 4, 2020
Hearing a lot of folks talk about the sharpies they were instructed to use in AZ and how that mark isn’t read. Can anyone verify this?
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) November 4, 2020
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) November 4, 2020
Thank you to the 168,000 thousand people who cast their ballot in person! Sharpie pens were used at polling locations because they are the best option for our new tabulation equipment. Rumors that ballots that use sharpies don’t count are NOT TRUE. pic.twitter.com/csxMRYvx1h
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) November 4, 2020