Maricopa County elections officials forecast that 30 percent of the county’s 1.8 million registered voters will cast ballots for the sales tax special election. Karen Osborne, county elections director, attributed the high estimate to the large number of registered early voters and the degree of interest in the sales tax referendum. Roughly 700,000 Maricopa County voters receive early ballots in the mail. So far, 490,000 early ballots have been returned, said Osborne, who predicted the county will receive an additional 100,000 early ballots by tomorrow night.
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