Good afternoon! I am Joe Ferguson and a member of the Elections 2014 team.
With me today is Pima County's Election Director Brad Nelson. He is here to answer your questions about tomorrow night's primary.
(Responding to Joe Ferguson's question about when poll workers start their day.)
Some of the 2100 poll workers will start their day at 5 a.m., going to 240 polling places across PIma County.
Nelson said historically turnout has ranged between 20 to 30 percent during an election cycle when the Governor's race is at the top of the ticket.
The County has received roughly 100,000 early ballots.
The county has mailed out 235,000 early ballots so far.
At 8:15 pm, all elections results from early ballots will be posted at pima.gov/elections.
The next update will be at 8:30 p.m., mostly from early ballots dropped off at the polls.
Becky, do NOT drop it off in the mail. The ballot can taken to ANY polling place in Pima County. It has to be dropped off before 7 p.m.
Debbie K., you can you go to your polling place and ask for one of five Party ballots and will be able to vote in that primary election. This will not affect your registration as an independent.
Maggie, Joe appreciates you pointing it out. It was a mistake and will be corrected.
(On a question about automatic recounts)
Arizona state law requires an official recount if the margin falls below a certain percentage.
In a statewide and federal races, an automatically recount would be triggered if that margin falls below one-tenth of one percent.
If the contest ends in a tie, state law requires that the contest be solved by the drawing of lots. Examples would include flipping a coin, cutting cards or drawing of straws.
If it was a proposition, the item would fail. As you need a simple majority for the item to pass.
(Joe asked another question about when the final results have historically come in.)
Usually, the last post is at midnight.
(Joe asked a question about provisional ballots.)
In November 2012, Pima County had 50,000 provisional ballots. An overwhelming majority where from people were had asked for an early ballot but did not use them. (They showed up to the polls instead.)
I estimate that we will be counting tens of thousands of provisional ballots in the coming days.
Primarily weather. The county has a number of polling locations in rural areas and a flooded wash can prevent the physical ballots from getting back to elections headquarters from being physically counted.
Yes, but you will need to bring in two utility bills with your current address.
If you don't have any identification, the elections department will use you a conditional ID but you will be required to bring in proper identification to the county recorder's office with in 72 hours.
Yes, I do. Many smaller jurisdictions have already gone mail-only but the county is limited by statue and cannot do mail-in only elections at this time. But I think within 10 years it will be a possibility.
It would also be cheaper as the county 2100 temporary poll workers to work on Election Day or set up/take down polling locations.
Martin, please call the Recorder's office. The number is 724-4330.
The law has recently changed. A person can wear anything they like (say a campaign tshirt) but cannot verbally make political statements inside a polling place.
Final takeaways: Take a photo ID to the poll with you. If you haven't mailed your early ballot, take it to you polling place. If you don't know where that is, call 724-4330.
Thanks for joining us. We hope you learned something useful.