According to the Recorder’s office, "Every ballot that contains a write-in must be manually reviewed by a three person board to determine if the candidate written in is valid. A valid candidate is one that files nomination papers before the write-in deadline. All other names that are written in are disqualified. We do not keep track of unofficial write-ins. Writing in an unofficial name slows the process tremendously as every single vote must be manually reviewed. Every election, only 10% of the written in names are official and tabulated. The last election alone we spent 120 man hours looking through 3,500 ballots for only 450 valid votes. This is huge cost to taxpayers. Mickey Mouse and Big Foot have never filed paperwork with this office.”
There are also some duplicate and provisional ballots to finish up. A provisional ballot is created when the voter did not provide identification at the time of voting. They have 5 business days after the election to provide proper identification and have their ballot counted. A duplicate ballot is one that was received damaged, perhaps with food, drink or unnecessary markings and cannot be machine tabulated. A 2-person bi-partisan board determines the voter intent, and marks an unvoted ballot, which then can be tabulated.
This year, out of 137,390 registered voters, 115,404 ballots have been received and processed. That’s an 84% return, not including the write-ins, provisionals or duplicates. It’s the highest voter turnout in Arizona at this point.
Currently, the results in Yavapai County seem pretty clear except for the three seats on the Central Yavapai Fire District Board. In that race, Jeff Wasowicz and Matt Zurcher are the top two candidates, and their lead seems pretty safe. But, there are only 28 votes separating Vici Lee Jacobs from Michael Clesceri. Jacobs has held the lead since Tuesday night, but it is too close to call right now.
How does that compare to recent presidential elections?
Registered Voters: 124,156
Ballots cast: 101,268
Registered Voters: 118,923
Ballots cast: 100,904
Registered Voters: 99,848
Ballots Cast: 88,083
Registered Voters: 93,256
Ballots Cast: 68,682