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More than 80,000 ballots left to count in Pima County

More than 80,000 ballots left to count in Pima County

Pima County Elections employees count early ballots at the Pima County Elections Office, 550 S. Country Club Road, on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

There are more than 80,000 ballots in Pima County that remain to be counted, officials estimated Wednesday.

The count includes 59,459 early ballots that were dropped off at the polls on Tuesday and need to have their signatures verified. There also are 18,164 provisional ballots, 7,239 ballots that arrived damaged in some form — like a coffee stain — that now have to be duplicated. And there are 209 conditional ballots left to count.

Historically between 80 percent and 90 percent of provisional ballots are counted, local election officials say. They expect the trend to continue with the latest batch.

The Pima County Election Department is not expected to count ballots today. It resume counting on Thursday.

Statewide, the Arizona Republic estimates nearly 650,000 ballots have not been counted. 

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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