Web posting of unofficial results to begin after 8 p.m. in today’s Congressional District 8 special electionby Pima County News on Jun. 12, 2012, under Elections, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Unofficial Pima County results in today’s Congressional District 8 special election will begin to be posted on the Pima County Elections Department website – http://www.pima.gov/elections/results.htm – by or about 8:20 p.m., said Director Brad Nelson.
The official winner of the election may not be known for days.
Over the past several weeks, over 125,000 early ballots have been received, verified and counted in Pima County. State law prohibits the release of the votes on those early ballots until one hour after the polls close at 7 p.m.
At 8 p.m. Elections Department personnel, under observation of the political parties, will begin the process of generating the reports that reflect the unofficial election results.
The generation of those reports usually takes about 10 minutes, Nelson said. Thereafter, the Pima County web page and the state web page, accessible through the Pima County web page, are updated. Given the amount of time needed to generate the reports and update the state and county web pages, it is anticipated that the first election results will be reflected on the web by or about 8:20 p.m., Nelson said.
Congressional District 8 includes parts of Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. About 337,000 Pima County residents are eligible to vote in today’s special election.
About 190,000 early ballots were sent out in Pima County. That means up to 65,000 early ballots could be submitted today. Early ballots turned in today must be verified by the Pima County Recorder’s Office and then counted, Nelson said.
Voters who have not mailed in their ballots must take them to any polling place by 7 p.m. today if they want their votes to count in this election. It is too late to mail in early ballots.
Pima County voters can find out whether they are eligible to vote in this special election and where their polling place is by calling the Recorder’s Office at 520-724-4330.
In 2010, the election in Congressional District 8 was so close that conclusive but unofficial results were not known until Friday after Election Day, and final, official results were not available until Nov. 10.