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Arizona elections chief seeks overhaul

Arizona elections chief seeks overhaul

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is proposing a wholesale overhaul of the state's vote-counting system in the wake of embarrassing delays counting more than 630,000 ballots statewide from the Nov. 6 general election.

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Thousands of provisional problems on Election Day (access required)

Mesa resident Paul Garrett discusses his frustration with a Mesa police officer about being told he was required to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day. Garrett was one of thousands of Arizonans who was surprised to learn that since he requested an early ballot, he would have to cast a provisional ballot if he decided to vote at his polling place on Election Day. (Photo by Hank Stephenson/Arizona Capitol Times)

Shortly after noon on Election Day, Paul Garrett walked into his polling place in Mesa, ready to cast his vote. But when he got into line and told the poll worker his name, he was advised that he had already received his early ballot in the mail, so he would have to cast a provisional ballot.

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Attorney asks court to delay ballot printing in Mitchell residency case (access required)

The attorney for a Republican lawmaker is asking a judge to bar two counties from printing ballots until residency questions surrounding the man who beat him in last month’s election are settled.

But elections officials say the early deadline for printing fewer than 250 ballots for military and overseas voters makes that impossible, and could mean that Darin Mitchell’s name appears on the ballots for the district’s other 94,000 voters that will be printed later this month – even if a judge rules that he is ineligible to hold office.

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Hotly contested races on tap for general election (access required)

For many candidates, the Aug. 28 primary election settled whether they will join next year’s state Legislature. But for others, the results merely signaled that they will be part of bigger matchups in the general election. At least five Senate seats will be fiercely contested this November, based on an analysis by the Arizona Capitol Times.

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