Joe Arpaio at 50.74 Percent; Maricopa County Has 34,450 Votes Left

CARMONA 1,030,647 46.14
FLAKE 1,099,207 49.21

The Carmona v. Flake match-up narrowed just a wee bit more, with Flake besting Carmona by 3.07 percent or 68,560 votes, at last count.

The Arizona Secretary of State's office has indicated to me that Pima County Elections is finished with its vote count, so only Maricopa County has to finish up. (Pima County has yet to confirm this to me, though.)

SOS Bennett is promising to address some of the legitimate issues raised in the aftermath of November 6.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Bennett states that he wants to have the state's election system revamped and streamlined by 2014.

That's when he might be running for governor, so he has an incentive to make progress. He noted that Arizona would have looked even worse to the nation if for some reason the presidential contest had hung on results in Sand Land.

"I want 98 percent of all the ballots to have been scanned into the system and counted by election night," Bennett told the AP. "And the next morning, as an election family statewide, we're dealing with 10,000 to 15,000 ballots, and we're done in two days."

He also suggested that we find a way of dealing with the precinct-rule regarding provisional ballots. As I discussed in a previous post, Arizona law currently says that if a provisional is cast in the wrong precinct, it does not count.

An 2010 ACLU report I cited found that about a third of provisionals were thrown out in 2008, most because of this law.

"Right now we're operating like a bank that has 1,000 branches," Bennett explained, "but when you show up to deposit money you can only deposit at the branch you opened your accounts at."

New legislation would be needed, and I hope Bennett lobbies to change the existing law. Maybe enough Rs and Ds would get on board to put it on the governor's desk. A little bipartisanship, for a change, would be nice.

Bennett will also need all of the counties on the same team, since they administer our elections.

But if the result of all of the acrimony and complaints over this election is a faster, more efficient, and more voter-friendly system, at least we will have gotten something out of it.

At some point, perception becomes reality. If people believe that the system is rigged, that their vote doesn't count, then that perception needs to be changed, so Bennett needs to make sure he follows through.

Because there is an intense distrust among many citizens when it comes to public authority in Arizona. If that's not addressed, more anger and suspicion is sure to follow.



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JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

I am so happy that I get to suck Arpaio's dick for another 4 years.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Losing is losing.  We only lost by a little bit is comforting in little league baseball, but not real world politics.  That Joe was re-elected sucks.  That liberal-leaning PACs from around the company wouldn't sprinkle a little cash into Penzone's campaign coffers to counter Joe's media buys was disappointing.  Hopefully the constituencies that were engaged and mobilized during this election cycle will remain engaged going forward and will bring some real change to Arizona's political scene.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Joe may wind up right on 50% mark. But still... geezers win, geezers win!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

In an interesting twist, ironic or not, the shurf now actually owes someone else for HIS election. It's normally the other way around.

 

Yes, Mr. Stauffer, you can pat yourself on the back as you begin to ready yourself for your new job at MCSO. You did your job well and now you will be rewarded.

 

Such a disappoint, you are.

Cozz
Cozz

Recall time for Bozo Joe Arpaio, I would not only support it, I would work to make it happen.

Saracat
Saracat

Well, the Stauffer supporters can no longer claim their guy was in it to win it and that he wasn't a spoiler. If he had withdrawn we would be in recount territory.I hope they are happy with their results.Joe must be grateful.

DNichols
DNichols

Besides Stauffer being Arpaio's "Ringer" Arizona voters have shown that they will accept that Arpaio ignores Child Rapists, as long as he Persecutes Brown, Hispanic un-documented Immigrants and their legal Citizen Children/ Families.

 

In Arizona deep seeded "Corruption/Racism" is hard to root out.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins i voted Penzone, but in all honesty, i dont think Stauffers votes would have made a difference. realistically i think at the most Penzone would have drawn 1/2 of his votes (some people would not have voted Penzone just because he was democratic) even if it were possible to have taken all of Stauffers votes, it wouldnt have been enough. closer, but just not enough. if all the other problems (not enough provisional envelopes, changing districts, etc, etc) were combined with the Stauffer factor.....the gap would be very minute, but its now one of those "coulda, woulda, shoulda" moments. 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @Saracat True that!  We need to remember that chica and what she did to this county with her bullcrap when she pops her head up from sucking off Arpayaso next time!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @Saracat

 I wonder how much of the $7.1 million dollars when to a 'consulting' fee?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @DNichols

 Yep, David. What about the pesky rascal Adrian Cruz, the 'walk away escape artisit' who is a convicted rapist of a nine year old child he impregnated? Just ONE, of many....and MCSO let him walk out of court and it appears nothing was ever done to correct the situation.

 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @danzigsdaddy

 Zigs, had Staffer withdrawn after the primaries and put his support behind Penzone, and campaigned for him I would think it likely that the shurf would be headed for retirement today. Just my personal opinion.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins thats what i would have wished, but i just personally cant see all of those votes going to Penzone, i dont know if that would make me a realist or a pessimist.

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