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The price of procrastination: Last minute early voting continues to create headaches for ballot counters (access required)

Scottsdale resident Dan Wax counts and organizes mail-in ballots at the Maricopa County Elections Office headquarters in the days after the primary election.  (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Provisional and “late early” ballots take longer to count because they require painstaking research and several levels of verification before they can be tabulated. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell said it’s just not realistic to expect every one of the 1.4 million votes to be counted by the morning after the election. And when there are close contests, accuracy is more important than speed.

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