Election officials seek to avoid 2012 delay
PHOENIX (AP) - Election officials in Arizona's most populous county are trying to cut down on provisional ballots and speed up results in this year's races.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports (http://bit.ly/WZPWKj ) that the Maricopa County Elections Department is to avoid a repeat of 2012, when provisional ballots prolonged an official count by nearly two weeks.
County Recorder Helen Purcell says many voters used provisional ballots two years ago because they didn't vote with an early ballot.
Purcell says voters thought the early ballots were samples and threw them out.
Now, early ballots will be packaged in yellow envelopes.
Provisional ballots are seen as the reason that results in the last statewide election took an additional 14 days.
Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com
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