Arizona County Stumped By Some Ballots, State No Help

Arizona County Baffled Over Handling Ballots, State No Help
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Hillsborough County enter their polling place to cast their ballots on primary election day on August 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Florida voters will head to the polls today to determine which candidates will have the chance to face off in this Novembers general election. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The confusion and uncertainty clouding county election officials’ decision-making are revealed in newly released internal emails obtained through a public records request submitted by America First Legal Foundation.
  • A week after Election Day, Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly wrote to Pima County Elections Director Constance Hargrove that the Recorder’s Office found that 11 unregistered voters had cast provisional ballots but was unsure what to do about them because her office was “not normally in possession of the Provisional Ballots and my team is very opposed to opening them.”
  • In reply, Hargrove sidestepped responsibility, writing to the recorder, “It is your call how you want to handle the provisional ballots.”

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