Ken Bennett Says 342,936 Ballots Left, 215K from Maricopa County

Maricopa County elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed claimed the consolidation will save the county an estimated $3 million.

The U.S. Department of Justice approved the move, she said, as the federal government has oversight of all things election-related in Arizona, because of the state's history of discriminatory voting practices.

Reed provided me with the following stats.

She said that 13,029 early ballots requested by the public were not returned to the county; 1,593 people tried to vote at the wrong polling place; 6,000 new resident ballots went out; and 1,550 persons tried to vote on November 6 who were not registered at all.

The SOS's press statement also reminded voters that those who cast a "conditional provisional" ballot because they had insufficient ID at the polls have until the end of the business day Wednesday to show up with proper ID at sites approved by their county elections office.

Those in Maricopa County should go to one of the locations listed on the county website: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/pdf/IDVerifSites.pdf.

The SOS website has a widget that allows you to check on the status of your early or provisional ballot.

According to Reed, the provisional ballots will be processed after all of the early votes are tabulated.

Though today was a county holiday, elections workers spent the day processing ballots, as they have a Friday deadline to make. (SOS Bennett has suggested that the deadline might be extended, if necessary.)

And now, for your daily updates on the races we all care about, only one of which now seems to be too close for comfort.

ARPAIO 594,216 51.36
PENZONE 510,614 44.14
STAUFFER 52,046 4.5

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lead over defeated Democrat Paul Penzone was little changed. He's now 83,602 votes ahead of Penzone, a 7.2 percent spread.

CARMONA 912,776 45.74
FLAKE 992,323 49.72

Similarly, the Camona-Flake U.S. Senate race remains stagnant, with Congressman Flake topping the former U.S. Surgeon General by 79,547 votes, or 3.98 percent.

PARKER 98,006 45.24
SINEMA 104,506 48.24

In CD 9, Teabagger Vernon Parker today formally conceded to "Prada socialist" Kyrsten Sinema, after Sinema's lead widened to 6,500 votes, or 3 points.

MCSALLY 134,348 49.81
BARBER 134,860 50.00

And if Democrat Ron Barber can maintain his razor-thin lead (512 votes) over Republican Martha McSally in CD 2, then Arizona's U.S. House delegation will be blue by one seat, five Dems to four Rs.

Let's hear it for redistricting, people.


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robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Ever wonder why it is taking so long to count them? It's because each and every one is being carefully scrutinized to be sure they are legitimate. I have been told that many fraudulent ones have already been found.  Even if every uncounted ballot was for Penzone he would still not be the winner.

venonacables
venonacables

American Third Position is a political party that promotes the ethnic interests of white people.  Our webpage is http://american3rdposition.com/.  A3P obtained ballot status in Colorado, Tennessee, and New Jersey.  Our candidate for president was Merlin Miller.  His running mate was Virginia Abernethy.  Merlin Miller ended up getting a little over three thousand votes.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

from what ive heard, our state actually voted more for Dems running for the House than Reps. The redistricting helped them, even though they bitched and moaned when it was done cause it wasnt entirely slanted in their favor. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Hmmmmmm.........Kyrsten looks kind of hot in that picture.

 

But then, I'm just an old hippie.

revgerry1
revgerry1

Actually, my partner is a poll worker.  There were about 100 provisionals - many from people who were not on the roster who had voted in that precinct for 20  years and had not moved.  A friend write that someone in her family had had their party changed without requesting it and someone else had just been left off.   Personally, I think we should look to Nathan Sproul type mischief like in Florida.

dmcrane1
dmcrane1

I assume a lot of these provisional voters were new registrations and were not on the voting list. Where I worked we had approximately 20-25% provisional ballots, which is in line with the figures given above.  A huge number of them had ID and voter reg cards but were not on the voting list and had to vote provisional.  

EffinUnbelievable
EffinUnbelievable

 @JoeArpaioFan Christ ur dumb. Too dumb for burger king. There are 122,000 provisionals, dickbreath. If they all went for Penzone, he'd overtake Arpaio's lead. 

 

Not gonna happen, but ur not goin to Yale anytime soon either

Johnnyonthespot
Johnnyonthespot

 @revgerry1 I know the same of a white Republican, who voted in the same place for years. Thing is, your polling place can change. Redistricting was a big deal. And now we know there wee over 400 less polling places this year. Duh. 

revgerry1
revgerry1

 @Johnnyonthespot  We live in a small town which has more Republicans than Democrats..  Of course I don't know what happened, but just thinking, Sproul is an AZ native.  The thing that spurred that line of thinking was the unrequested changed registrations.

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