State Attorney General Terry Goddard said Thursday he would like to count the Regional Transportation Authority ballots to resolve questions about the election results, but state law doesn't allow recounts for "curiosity."
Goddard said he hopes to finish his investigation into allegations of vote-counting fraud within the next 30 days. He acknowledged he, like many others involved in the situation, is ready to resolve the issues.
The Pima County Democratic Party has sought information from Pima County, and an investigation from Goddard, into allegations the election results were flipped.
"If they can bring us viable information we would continue to investigate it. They haven't. They've brought us what I can only describe as a wild story," Goddard said.
He was referring to a sworn affidavit that Pima County Democratic Party Attorney William Risner presented. The affidavit, signed by a former county employee, says a county elections employee admitted at a bar that he had a role in flipping the vote results.
"I'm afraid barroom chatter does not equal probable cause," Goddard said.
His office is looking at whether it can count the ballots on a "consentual basis," meaning all parties involved in the case, the political parties, Pima County, and the Regional Transportation Authority want the ballots counted, Goddard said.
His office received a letter from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry stating the Board of Supervisors would be happy to participate in a recount.
The letter is a series of allegations that have been made throughout the years since the RTA election passed, and the county's response to those allegations, Huckelberry said.
"We felt it was important to convey to the attorney general what our views of the facts are," he said.
The Board of Supervisors asked Huckelberry to write the letter reiterating its support for a recount of the ballots.
Goddard said there is a legal roadblock in that the state doesn't allow for "curiosity recounts."
"There is simply nothing there that says, well, if you had a bad feeling about it and everybody agrees you can take them out and count them again. You simply can't open those boxes under the law that we have and take a look," he said.
Goddard said his office has investigated specific allegations, including an investigation completed in September 2007, which showed the election results were not flipped.