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Pinal County workers process ballots at election headquarters during the November 2022 midterm election.

Pinal County’s outgoing elections director collected a $25,000 bonus for running a smooth election despite reporting final results with significant inaccuracies, including around 500 uncounted votes in the neck-and-neck attorney general race. Read more»

Counties are legally required to do a hand count of some races in 1-3% of voting precincts in every election, to ensure the accuracy of machine tabulation, and past hand audits in Pinal County have always matched up with machine tallies.

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted down a proposal to expand the post-election audit after lengthy, and at times contentious, public comments — the majority of which were against an expanded hand count. Read more»

Arizona Rep. Neal Carter speaks beside state Sen. Kelly Townsend at an Aug. 3 news conference about Pinal County’s election problems. Townsend, who lost her primary race, is suing the county.

Across the country, elections are underfunded, understaffed, and under intense scrutiny - leading to turnover of experienced workers - and Pinal County's election debacle shows what voters across the country may face if the public doesn’t invest in elections. Read more»

A ballot box at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office contains ballots from early voters in the 2016 general election. State and county officials say they are confident there was no voter fraud in last year’s elections.

Arizona lawmakers defended themselves and the state this week against President Donald Trump’s charges that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in November, saying they had seen no evidence of illegal voters in Arizona. Read more»