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County officials continue to count provisional ballots
Two county races remain close
A couple of Yuma County races remain close as Yuma County officials continued to process and count late early ballots and provisional ballots this week.
As of late Tuesday, a total of 40,859 ballots had been counted from the Nov. 6 general election. That total includes the remaining late early ballots and about 500 of the provisional ballots that had been cast, said Sue Reynolds, Yuma County elections officer.
That leaves approximately 1,700 provisional ballots yet to be processed and counted.
Voters who cast a “conditional provisional” ballot — those who had insufficient identification when they went to vote at a vote center on Election Day — have until the end of Wednesday to provide proper ID to the Yuma County Recorder's Office.
Reynolds hopes to have a final count of all ballots by Friday.
Hanging in the balance are the races for Yuma County treasurer and judge of Yuma County Superior Court Division 4, with the incumbents and challengers for those two positions separated by less than 300 votes as of late Tuesday.
In the treasurer's race, incumbent David Egeberg had 18,670 votes to challenger Angela Pancrazi Moreno's 18,920 as of late Tuesday for a difference of 250 votes. In the race for Superior Court Judge, incumbent David Haws currently has 15,838 votes while challenger James Clark has 16,122 for a lead of 284 votes.
Reynolds said that final vote spreads of 10 or less trigger an automatic ballot recount. Since both races are for county positions, that means all 40,000-plus ballots would have to be recounted if either race finishes within 10 votes.
Statewide, an estimated 324,362 early and provisional ballots are yet to be processed and counted, Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced Tuesday afternoon.
A state canvass to certify official election results for federal, statewide and legislative races is scheduled for Dec. 3.
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