Election workers go into overtime counting ballots - Tucson News Now

Election workers go into overtime counting ballots

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Close to 30,000 of your ballots in Pima County still waiting to be counted and the clock is ticking.

They're working against a deadline for next Friday - so for many election workers, the tedious process will continue through the weekend including Veteran's Day.

Election workers are in overtime mode, verifying and counting ballots three days after voters took to the polls.

"There are always ballots to count after election. The late arriving ballots that come in through the mail. The people who drop off their ballots at the polling places and the early ballots," said Pima County Elections Director, Brad Nelson.

Roughly 256,000 ballots were received. As of tonight, around 230,000 of those have been counted. The remaining ballots are still at the Pima County Recorder's Office waiting to be verified.

That means, election workers will be busy this weekend through Veterans Day and it comes with a price for you and I.

"For the elections department this weekend, for the hours we're projected to work. It will maybe cost 10 to 15 thousand dollars to do the election portion of the activities," said Nelson.

Some are blaming the extended counting on mistakes at polling places. But, Chris Roads with the Pima County Recorder's Office says that's not the case.

Provisional ballots were handed out primarily because some got early ballots and chose not to vote that way while others may not have changed their address.

"We did look through poll rosters. We did find a few errors. At this point less than four percent of the provisional ballots issued were caused by those errors," said Roads.

Our pace for ballot counting has put Pima County in the national spotlight.

"If the gist of the national attention is we're getting an accurate count in Arizona. I think that's great," said Nelson.

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