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Lawsuit filed by Arizona voter who says her vote was not counted for using a Sharpie has been dismissed

Posted at 7:12 PM, Nov 20, 2020

Another Arizona lawsuit claiming there were issues with the 2020 election has been dismissed by a judge Friday.

The lawsuit filed by Laurie Aguilera has been dismissed with prejudice after she claimed her vote was thrown out because it was marked with Sharpie marker.

Aguilera says she was given a Sharpie to vote with and when the ink bled through her ballot, it was denied.

Despite, the Secretary of State's Office and County Recorder's Office saying Sharpies would not affect the vote, other voters became enraged and misinformation swarmed the internet, sparking the 'Sharpiegate' controversy.

This is the third and final lawsuit the state of Arizona was facing from the Arizona Republican Party, the Trump campaign, and voters in regard to the election outcome that has been dismissed by a judge.

The news of the case being dismissed was followed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to certify 2020 general election results.

Here is the breakdown of votes cast in Maricopa County according to the board of supervisors:

  • 993,000 returned an early ballot by mail
  • 1,109,000 voters used a Maricopa County Vote Center or Early Ballot Drop Box
  • 158,000 in-person early voters
  • 51,000 in-person emergency voting
  • 186,000 in-person Election Day voter (includes provisional ballots)
  • 714,000 early ballot drop-offs

"In the face of a pandemic, we expanded access to ensure voters had safe and secure voting options," said Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a statement following the vote. "It's incredible to know that more than 1.9 million voters were able to cast a ballot early in person at a Vote Center, by mail, or by dropping off their ballot. I'm proud to say we were able to pull off the most successful election in the county's history, building a model for the future of Maricopa County."