Hundreds of thousands of ballots in circulation


The vote count drags on for the fifth day in Arizona as Americans await the results of hundreds of thousands of early ballots cast on Election Day.

Election officials in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, reported the results of 74,951 votes Friday night that tipped in favor of the Democrats. Shortly after the results were released, The Associated Press called the U.S. Senate race for Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and the Secretary of State race for Democrat Adrian Fontes.

Statewide results in four of the state’s major races were as of 4:13 p.m. Eastern Saturday, with about 83% of total votes reported, according to the New York Times:

US Senate race

  • Kelly: 1,128,917 – 51.8%
  • Republican Blake Masters: 1,005,001 – 46.1%
  • Libertarian Marc Victor: 46,189 – 2.1%

Governor’s Race:

  • Democrat Katie Hobbs: 1,100,005 – 50.7%
  • Republican Lake Kari: 1,068,908 – 49.3%

Attorney General Race:

  • Democrat Kris Mayes: 1,074,673 – 50.45%
  • Republican Abe Hamadeh: 1,055,522 – 49.55

Secretary of State Race:

  • Cast iron: 1,129,144 – 52.8%
  • Republican Mark Finchem: 1,011,019 – 47.2%

Heading into Friday night, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said the majority of the drop will include early ballots cast on Election Day. He added that this would also include the rest of the early ballots received before Election Day, as well as a “good amount” of the approximately 17,000 ballots from in-person voters, whose ballots were placed in ballot boxes secured after the tabulators failed to read them. voting centers.

In a news release, Maricopa County officials said there were approximately 265,000 to 275,000 ballots remaining in circulation after Friday night’s results and said the breakdown of those remaining ballots was as follows: :

  • Estimated ballots to be declared on Election Day: 5,000
  • Estimated first ballots remaining to be processed and tabulated: 254,000
  • Estimated number of early ballots remaining to be cured: 13,000
  • Estimated provisional ballots remaining to be searched: 1,114 (7,885 total)

ABC 15 data analyst Stephen Archer explained why Friday’s ballot drop favored Democrats when the majority of ballots were Election Day early votes thought to break for Republicans.

He noted that the drop included ballots from across the county, “but there was a concentration of ballots from South Phoenix”, which explained the batch of votes in favor of the Democrats. The data analyst affirmed On Friday night, “GOP ordeal is coming” as a batch of 114,000 ballots cast on Election Day that were “transmitted to the Elections Department will smash in favor” of Republican Kari Lake. These were not included in Friday night’s results, and it is unclear when they will be released.

He later added that “based on the data from the transmission portion of the affidavit, we still have some very, very friendly batches coming for the R slate in Maricopa.”

Another batch of ballots are expected to drop around 8:00 p.m. local time, and “[m]Most of the outstanding ballots are from vote-rich GOP strongholds,” Archer tweeted on Saturday.

“Probably worth a point or two overall for the GOP slate.” He added. “As I said before: the edge of a knife.”

Boxed three “mixed” ballots with tabulated votes at Maricopa Two voting centers

On Friday, Masters appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and told host Tucker Carlson that the ballots of the 17,000 in-person Election Day voters who had not been read by tabulators and submitted in the box three were “mixed…with ballots that had already been counted.”

“So it’s a giant disaster, it’s a giant mess trying to unravel these ballots,” he added. “I think the most honest thing at this point would be for Maricopa County to wipe the slate clean and just take all the ballots and recount.”

Gates acknowledged to CNN that the three ballots were “intermingled” with in-person votes on Election Day at “two voting centers” and said the county has a process to separate the ballots:

There were two voting centers where the ballots that went into box three were actually mixed with the ballots that went through the tabulator. Now here’s the thing, we absolutely can fix this and we will. In both cases, we know exactly how many people registered at that polling center. We can then check the total number of ballots left there, either as a table or in box three, and determine if they are the same. We can separate them and make a decision and the best thing is we will do that with Republican and Democratic watchers watching this to make sure everything is verified.

He added that “every single one of those votes is going to be tabulated” and that “cleaning that slate” and “recounting again” is “not allowed under Arizona law.”

Hand count audit begins Saturday

At a Friday press conference, Gates noted that a “hand count audit” in Maricopa County was scheduled to begin Saturday:

This is a very important part of the process, it is required by Arizona law, and this hand count audit helps us ensure the machines are working properly. It will be statistically significant amount of ballots that will be involved and there are two parts. First there are the early ones – these are the early ballots, the postal ballots – and those have actually been selected, the batches have been selected in recent weeks by the political parties…

So they identified lots and then there was a draw on Wednesday to select the voting centers involved in that and there are five voting centers I believe. Interestingly, they’re all from the West Valley, but they were randomly selected, and we’ll be looking at a few races, so it’s not a hand count of all the races.

He added that the races involved in the audit will be “US Congress, State Representative, Propr 129 and Governor.”

“So again, this is mandated by law, and we’re very confident it’s going to be okay, but that’s advice from three people,” Gates said.

Megan Gilbertson, communications director for the Maricopa County Department of Elections, said the voting centers included in the audit are “Flight Goodyear, Journey Church, Estrella Foothills High School, Maryville Bridge and Sevilla Elementary.”

The polling locations were randomly selected by the county’s three political party chairmen.

Gilbertson added that “statistically significant” “means that there are enough ballots selected to ensure that the tabulation equipment counts the ballots accurately.”

“There is a vote count verification committee in the state of Arizona that selects that margin and is able to ensure that the ballots that are counted will ensure that the tabulation equipment counts those bulletins accurately, so this is just one more check on the system. ,” she added.

“It’s by law, so it’s one percent of the early ballots, or five thousand, whichever is lower. So here in Maricopa County, we’re doing five thousand,” Gilbertson said. “And then we also do 2% of the voting centers, and because there are 223 sites, we are going to do 5 voting centers.”




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