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McSally pulls out 161-vote win in CD2, recount coming

Eight days after the election, we have a winner in Arizona's CD 2: The third time was the charm for Martha McSally, who finished with a razor-thin 161-vote lead over Rep. Ron Barber that will trigger an automatic recount. The unofficial totals in CD 2 are 109,704 for the Republican challenger, and 109,543 for the Democratic incumbent.... Read more»

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Nov 13, 2014, 9:22 am
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In an election twist that’s certain to raise eyebrows in some quarters, about 200 ballots turned up in Pima County on Wednesday, affecting the 133-vote margin that separated Martha McSally from U.S. Rep. Ron Barber. Voters in Green Valley’s Continental School District were originally mailed misprinted ballots and sent replacements.

Officials found some 213 general election ballots in envelopes that were supposed to be used only for ballots from the elementary school board race.

The issue in the Continental district stemmed from a batch of misprinted early ballots mailed to voters.

Early voters in the school district were mistakenly told to pick three candidates instead of two in that race, so replacement ballots with only the school board race were sent, to be returned in separate envelopes. In sorting those 7,034 ballots, county staffers discovered some general ballots were returned by voters in envelopes that caused them to be left out of the CD 2 count.

I read yesterday’s story, then read this (which I’m guessing is a copy-paste thing), and maybe I’m confused. Call it a lack of reading comprehension skills if you must. How I’m understanding this is that the voters did not follow directions by using the correct envelopes. Is this not correct? And, if I am correct, then shouldn’t these votes be invalidated because the voter didn’t follow directions? And, if not, why not?

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Nov 13, 2014, 9:59 am
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@Bret Linden,

The Arizona elections manual require early ballots to be returned in “the envelope” with the appropriate signed affidavit. There’s nothing about which particular envelope “the” envelope is if there are two that were sent to the voter. If there’s a properly filled out ballot, cast by a registered voter and returned in an envelope with the required signed affidavit, you’d be pressed to find a reason to reject it especially as the ballots were found long before the canvass.

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Nov 13, 2014, 10:32 am
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@Dylan Smith

All right, fair’ nuff. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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