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  • Pima County Elections prepares for CD2 recount

    Dec 03, 2014 | Read More News
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    Ballot countingThe Pima County Elections Department is preparing for a recount in the Congressional District 2 race between incumbent Democrat Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally. 

     The recount will be overseen by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office at the order of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper.

     Pima County Elections has begun unofficial programming and testing of the hardware and software for the recount. Representatives from the two political parties also will conduct unofficial tests of the tabulation programs and machines. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Secretary of State will conduct the official logic and accuracy tests of the tabulation system.

    Actual recounting of CD2 ballots should begin Thursday, Dec. 4. The county has seven tabulation machines and should be able to count between 20,000 and 30,000 ballots a day. Only part of Pima County is in Congressional District 2 and there were more than 187,000 ballots cast in the district. However, roughly 252,000 ballots have to recounted because the county does not sort early ballots by precinct. As a result, all of the more than 206,000 early ballots cast in Pima County for the Nov. 4 election have to be run through the tabulation machines, though only the CD2 votes will be counted. There are roughly 46,000 ballots that were cast at CD2 precinct polling places Nov. 4, about 6,000 of them provisionally.

     After the electronic tabulation is completed, the political parties will randomly select 5 percent of the CD2 precincts for a hand count of polling-place ballots only. That hand count is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13 and will be conducted by representatives of the two political parties.

     Cochise County also is conducting a recount of CD2. The results of both counties’ recounts will be reported to the Secretary of State’s Office and through that office to Judge Cooper. The court and/or the Secretary of State will release the official results of the recount.