At Least 119,000 Votes Uncounted in AZ as of Today (at About 2:15 p.m.), Officials say

Categories: Election 2010

Election officials tell us that at least 116,000 119,000 ballots remain uncounted in Arizona.

That's more than enough to flip the close race for state Attorney General again - maybe even a couple more times. The nail-biter of a Republican primary had Andrew Thomas in the lead for most of the night, but Tom Horne managed to squeak by. Horne retained the lead this morning by just 373 votes.

However, Thomas' campaign consultant, Jason Rose, says the trend is leaning toward Horne.

The bulk of the 116,000-plus uncounted votes are what you might call late early ballots. These are the early ballots that were dropped off at voting precincts yesterday past 6 or 7 p.m., past the time when they could be counted with the other early ballots.

Those votes are spread across the state, making it impossible -- for now -- to figure out whether the uncounted ballots come from Thomas or Horne country.

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More than 82,000 of the 119,000 are from Maricopa County. Something to consider: Thomas pulled in more votes than Horne in yesterday's count of on-time early ballots. He lost the lead later in the evening as voting precincts totals came in.

Votes in five precincts in the county haven't been counted at all due to power outages, says Yvonne Reed, spokeswoman for county elections. Those included three precincts run out of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, near Broadway and Gilbert roads in Mesa, one precinct at the Academy with Community Partners, near University Drive and Gilbert Road in Mesa, and a precinct at Westwood Elementary School, near 23rd Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Two precincts in Pima County were also not counted, says Matt Benson of the Arizona Secretary of State's office.

The officials are also waiting on thousands of provisional ballots still being collected. Most of the provisional ballots were issued to voters at precincts who did not have the proper identification required by law.

In Maricopa County, Reed says, the provisionals are placed in a "secured area" and counted after voters come in to show their ID. Those voters have until 5 o'clock on Friday to validate their votes, Reed says.

The number of provisional votes left to be counted in Maricopa County -- or Coconino County -- isn't yet known.

Benson estimates that "a hair under" 8,000 exist in counties other than Maricopa, and that the number of provisionals in Maricopa will be significant. However, it's unclear how many of those votes will ultimately be validated by voters.



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Arizona's Politics
Arizona's Politics

Thanks for the thorough update, Ray. I just posted about the new figures and what I'm calling the "Required Recount Zone" (bit.ly/arizonaspolitics ). Even though the vote differential closed a tad, Horne got closer to taking it out of the RRZ with the ballots counted today, while Lujan inched a bit closer to the RRZ.

david saint
david saint

if thomas wins i believe a line from Bio Dome would be appropriate: "All hell is breaking loose"

WinstonSmith
WinstonSmith

I have a hobby. Every Wednesday I drive around to the locations in my neighborhood that have New Times stands and I openly take the entire stack of freshly printed papers and pile them in my car. After a couple hours I usually gather about 500 papers or so (total guess on my part, I have never bothered to count). I then take them to the first dumpster I find and throw them in. I call it my personal BOYCOTT. I know it isn't much, but I take heart in the knowledge that I am doing my part to take down the mindless PC-propaganda machine that is called the New Times. If you are like me, and you are sick to death of the hateful extremist bullshit that is constantly streaming out of this paper I encourage you to do the same thing. Every time you see a New Times stand take all the papers in the stand and throw them away. Together we can force the editors of the New Times to go back to the good old "Entertainment" reporting they used to engage in. Otherwise we will simply bury them. Either way works for me.

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