Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett

Arizona Secretary of State Logo Arizona's Official Web Site


Public Schedule




For Immediate Release
Nov. 11, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
(602) 350-2834 - mobile

Twitter: @therealAZsos


General Election Notes

How many ballots are left to be counted?

As of Thursday afternoon, there are an estimated 14,000 early ballots and 45,000 provisional ballots statewide that are yet to be processed and counted. All of the remaining early ballots are in Maricopa County. Of the provisional ballots yet to be processed, 41,000 are in Maricopa County. The remainder is split among Coconino, Yavapai, Yuma and Gila counties.

Pima, Graham, Greenlee, Mohave, La Paz, Navajo, Pinal, Apache, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties have completed their ballot processing and tabulation.

What about voters who cast a "conditional provisional" ballot?

These individuals had insufficient identification when they went to vote at a polling place. They had five business days, or until the end of Tuesday, Nov. 9, to return to their county elections office with proper ID (ie. an Arizona driver's license, etc.).

Recount, anyone?

State law reads as follows:

16-661. Automatic recount; requirements; exemption

A. A recount of the vote is required when the canvass of returns in a primary or general election shows that the margin between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes for a particular office, or between the number of votes cast for and against initiated or referred measures or proposals to amend the Constitution of Arizona, is less than or equal to the lesser of the following:

1. One-tenth of one per cent of the number of votes cast for both such candidates or upon such measures or proposals.

2. Two hundred votes in the case of an office to be filled by state electors and for which the total number of votes cast is more than twenty-five thousand.

3. Fifty votes in the case of an office to be filled by state electors and for which the total number of votes cast is twenty-five thousand or less.

4. Two hundred votes in the case of an initiated or referred measure or proposal to amend the constitution.

5. Fifty votes in the case of a member of the legislature.

Example: A margin of less than or equal to 200 votes would trigger a recount for each statewide proposition. Remember: There is no provision in state law allowing a candidate or ballot-measure committee to demand a recount.



- 30 -

The Secretary of State's Biography
Secretary Ken Bennett's Biography
Ken Bennett's Photo
Secretary Ken Bennett's Photo

For all media questions, or to schedule an interview with Secretary Bennett, contact Matthew Benson, director of communications, at (602) 350-2834.