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  • Recorder's Office breaks down provisional ballots from the PPE

    Mar 29, 2016 | Read More News
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    Recorder's Office validates ballotsOn Tuesday, March 29, Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez, provided a breakdown of the provisional ballots received in the March 22, 2016 Presidential Preference Election. The Recorder’s Office received 8,466 Provisional and 32 Conditional Provisional ballot forms from the Pima County Elections Department following the closing of polls on Election Day. The office completed its review of all provisional ballots at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28. 

    Of the 8,466 forms processed, the office determined a total of 5,674 were valid and approved to be counted. That is a validity rate of 67 percent. "In our processing of the Provisional ballots, I directed my staff to track the reason why a voter was required to vote by provisional ballot and to track the reason why a ballot was disqualified," Rodriguez said. The results were as follows: 

    Vote-By-Mail Issues:  
    • 4,289 voters requested and were sent a vote-by-mail ballot. These voters chose not to return the vote-by-mail ballot and instead went to the polling place on Election Day to vote in person and therefore had to be issued a provisional ballot. 
    Voter Registration Issues: 
    • 1,856 Pima County voters who went to the polling places on Election Day were not registered with one of the three political parties participating in the election (Democratic, Republican, Green Party) as required by Arizona state law to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Election. 
    • 204 voters registered after the February 22, 2016 voter registration deadline. 
    • 107 voters requested and were issued a different political party ballot than their voter registration record. 
    • 71 voters were not registered within Pima County. 
    • 72 voters registration were in cancelled status. 
    • 35 voters were under the legal voting age of 18 years old. 
    Miscellaneous Issues: 
    • 293 voters went to the wrong polling location to cast their vote. You must go to your assigned polling location to cast your ballot. 
    • 24 provisional ballots were not signed by the voter. 
    • 3 voters tried voting multiple ballots. 
    • 3 voter’s identity could not be confirmed. 
    Elections staff issued 32 Conditional Provisional ballots for insufficient or no identification at the polls. These voters were instructed when issued the conditional provisional ballot that they had until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 to show proper identification for their ballot to be counted. Of the 32 issued, one of the conditional provisional ballots was counted, as the voter contacted our office to confirm their identity as required by state law.
    In this election, as in past elections, the majority of provisional ballots were due to voters receiving a vote-by-mail ballot but instead choosing to go to the polls on Election Day. 

    Voters who were issued a provisional or conditional provisional ballot can check to see if their ballot counted by going to the Recorder's Office website and clicking on the Provisional Ballot Status link. To check the status you must have the receipt number issued to you at the polling place. Voters who have misplaced the receipt or do not have access to the internet can call the Recorder’s Office at 724-4330 to find out if their ballot counted. 

    Now that the Presidential Preference Election has ended, voters who changed their party affiliation to participate in the election can change back to Independent or Party Not Designated. To do this, they must complete a new voter registration form. They can do this with the Recorder's Office or online through

    March 22 Presidential Preference Election canvass approved

    On Thursday, March 31, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the election canvass of the March 22 election. As required by state law, the Board must canvass the results of the election to certify the accuracy of its results. The final tabulation provided in the canvass includes all voted ballots, including the early ballots and provisional ballots cast during the election. 

    View the Official Elections Canvass for the March 22 Presidential Preference Election. 

     Return to Pima County FYI