亚利桑那州是明显由乔·拜登在 2020 年赢得的几个州之一，这些州被选举相关的阴谋理论的目标。
In the vote-counting melee that followed on the heels of Election Day 2020 in the U.S., Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s apparent unexpected narrow win in the state of Arizona was among the many results targeted by conspiracy theories.
In that instance, the claim was that the use of Sharpie-brand pens, which had supposedly been offered to (only Republican) voters in some precincts, had invalidated the ballots on which they were used:
ARE MAIL IN BALLOTS BEING MODIFIED AS WE SPEAK IN CORRUPT DEM DISTRICTS? have you heard about Dems distributing sharpie pens to Trump voters and then invalidating their ballots?
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) November 4, 2020
According to the Maricopa County Recorder’s website, “voters at home may use ballpoint pen in black or blue ink or a sharpie.” The only warning offered on the site was against the use of “red and red-adjacent ink.”
The website also stated that, “Vote Centers use fine tip sharpies as they have the fastest drying ink, therefore preventing smudges when put through the Vote Center tabulation equipment.”
County officials noted that the ballot design and scanning apparatus mitigated any concerns about possible bleed-through issues stemming from the use of Sharpie-brand markers.