Thursday, November 08, 2012

Uncounted ballots and Election 2012: Arizona looking to out-Florida Florida

Arizona is back in the national news, and not in a good way.

Reports of voter suppression in Latino- and Democratic-heavy districts (using any excuse to funnel voters toward provisional ballots, with the resultant standing in longer lines on Election Day and a lower likelihood that the vote will count after Election Day) and an official total of more than 631K uncounted ballots remaining have AZ receiving the sort of media attention normally reserved for Florida and its "hanging chads".

The US Senate and Corporation Commission races look to be over, but they are close enough to switch (currently showing as R victories).

In addition to the statewide races, there are enough outstanding ballots in Maricopa County to affect the sheriff's race here.

The press release from the AZ SOS -

Ballot Processing – County Update Thursday, Nov. 8 Edition

PHOENIX - Secretary Bennett has announced that as of Thursday afternoon, there are an estimated 631,274 early and provisional ballots statewide that are yet to be processed and counted.
A state canvass to certify official election results for federal, statewide and legislative races is scheduled for Dec. 3.
Voters who cast a “conditional provisional” ballot (individuals had insufficient identification when they went to vote at a polling place) have five business days, or until the end of Wednesday, Nov. 14, to return to their county elections office with proper ID.
***Yesterday we erroneously stated the deadline for voters who cast a provisional conditional ballot to provide ID was Nov. 13. The date is actually November 14, due to Veterans Day.***
Individual county breakouts are attached.
CountyUncounted early ballotsProvisional ballots yet to be verified

La Paz395415
Santa Cruz839909

Ballots to be counted totals459,078172,196


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