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Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Monday there are an estimated 324,362 early and provisional ballots that have yet to be counted in Arizona.
Saying it would create electoral chaos, attorneys for state and county election officials told federal appellate judges late Tuesday they should not order them to find -- and count -- the ballots of people who voted last week but were not legally registered.
An organization that convinced federal judges last month to toss out Arizona's proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote now is seeking a court order that could further delay a final count on Tuesday's election.
At least four area legislative races, two ballot propositions and a U.S. House seat hang in the balance — and may stay that way for at least a week — as more than 250,000 Maricopa County votes have yet to be counted.
Arizona appears on the verge of finally getting a law that will allow patients to obtain marijuana legally.
Forty percent of early ballots requested in the East Valley have been turned in to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, ahead of the Sept. 2 primary, according to the latest available official figures.
Based on Friday morning's statistics, 42.14 percent of Maricopa County voters cast ballots in the General Election, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. That number may increase as early and provisional ballots are verified.
In what has become a postelection ritual, the fate of several tight contests remained uncertain Wednesday as more than 200,000 Maricopa County votes had yet to be counted.
Voters won't know the outcome of three ballot measures until next week.
More than 600,000 early and provisional ballots statewide have yet to be processed and counted, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wednesday.
The battle between former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and ex-Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker for Arizona's 9th Congressional District continues to rage on as local agencies work to tabulate early and provisional ballots.
A federal appeals court won't force Arizona election officials to find and count the ballots of people who were not allowed to register to vote because they didn't provide proof of citizenship.
Provisional and Early Ballots being dropped off are checked in by county employee Ryan McDevitt at the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Office in Mesa, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
Provisional and Early Ballots being dropped off are loaded onto a truck by county employee Ryan McDevitt at the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Office in Mesa, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
May 2, 2005
County employees Deyan Bunjevic and Ken Stahli check over ballots one by one to determine the intent of the voters. As of Sunday night, Maricopa County reported nearly 100,000 provisional ballots that had not been counted because names and addresses on ID did not match county records, with an additional 89,000 which had to be copied by hand because voters used devices other than pens to mark them, making the ballots unreadable by the machines. It could be a week before the outcome of some races are known.
Maricopa County election officials were working Wednesday to verify and tabulate 271 early and provisional ballots that remained uncounted in Queen Creek, with final results expected to be released late today.
Early voting in Arizona's Nov. 6 general election starts Thursday.
The Maricopa County Elections department will still be counting provisional ballots for the next three days and verifying about 1,000 votes on Mesa’s Proposition 300.
Boxes of "provisional" ballots await manual checking Sunday night before they can be tabulated. These are from voters whose ID did not match county records. Maricopa County still has close to 100,000 of these to verify, meaning final election results may not be known for a week.
The decision of which Republican runs for state attorney general could come as early as Saturday.
As the number of outstanding ballots dwindle away, Scottsdale Councilman Jim Lane's apparent victory is about to become official.
The outcome of two Mesa City Council races and several bond questions probably won’t be known until Friday after noon, city officials said Wednesday.
Opponents of a measure to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona saw their advantage grow slightly Monday as election officials continue to count ballots.