Pima County election officials counted ballots furiously Saturday, but they still have a long ways to go.

Roughly 16,000 ballots were finalized Saturday, but about 6,000 early ballots remained to be counted by the Pima County Elections Department.

Next up are about 27,000 provisional ballots that were cast at area polling places on Tuesday. The Recorder's Office has until Nov. 16 to finish verifying those ballots, then they must be counted.

Ballots cannot be counted if voters failed to provide the appropriate identification, were not registered to vote or had already cast an early ballot before showing up at the polling places.

Daily updates of ballots counted are posted by 6 p.m. each day on Pima County's home page, www.pima.gov

An update is not expected today since the Elections Department does not anticipate having a large enough batch for processing and counting.

Pima County must certify its election results by Nov. 26.

Did you know?

Another day, another front-runner in the race for the Congressional District 2 race.

As of 6:15 p.m. Saturday, when the tallies were last updated, Democrat Ron Barber had 131,460 votes and Republican Martha McSally had 131,171 votes.

For the latest vote counts, visit the Arizona secretary of state's website at www.azsos.gov

Jill Jorden Spitz