This comes on the back of ‘legacy checkmarks’, a sign for verified accounts on Twitter, being purged by the social media site. Musk had announced that the legacy ticks would begin disappearing ‘4/20’ onwards.
Whether because of close races, issues with voting machines or allegations of corruption, Maricopa County has recently been an epicenter in elections news.
Tracking down information on Maricopa County elections on Twitter used to be easy. The account for the county department which runs elections, @maricopavotes, was the only one carrying a blue check mark, a sign of authenticity.
But ever since the social media platform overhauled its verification service last month, the check mark has disappeared. That’s made it harder to distinguish @maricopavotes from random accounts not run by the elections office.
Beyond Maricopa County, election offices in three of the country’s other four most populous counties — Cook County in Illinois, Harris County in Texas and San Diego County — remain unverified, a Twitter search shows. Maricopa County has been targeted repeatedly by election conspiracy theorists as the most populous and consequential county in one of the most closely divided political battleground states.