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Pima County Recorder's Office receives record number of early ballots

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Posted at 10:29 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 18:34:24-04

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. — Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez held a press conference Saturday morning to discuss the large amount of early ballots returned during the first ten days of early voting.

The County mailed a record number of 505,903 early ballots since October 7. Rodriguez said the number of early ballots received is approximately 196,506 as of Oct. 17.

Voters have been casting early ballots at early voting sites throughout the county, but due to a high volume of ballots being returned it has caused the time between when a ballot is received and when it is scanned into the tracking system to be a longer than expected, taking up to four to six days to be processed. The Recorder's Office is operating two shifts every day, including weekends to meet the high demand of returned ballots.

“I’ve never seen early ballot numbers like this,” F. Ann Rodriguez said in a statement. “We’re doing our best to keep up, but the public will need to be a little patient with us as we work our way through this large volume of ballots.”

Voters who cast early ballots can track their ballot online.

Key Dates and Deadlines in Arizona

October, 7: Early voting begins
October, 15: Voter registration deadline
October, 23: Request absentee ballot deadline
October, 27: Latest recommended mail-in date
November, 3: In-person voting
November, 3 @ 7pm: Absentee ballot delivered by date