Gila County unveiled its brand new, electronic Election Night Reporting system this week, designed to allow spectators and candidates to view real-time results on a computer. The new system replaces the old tradition of candidates crowding into the county recorder’s office, or waiting by a fax machine to receive plodding results.
Now, anyone who wants, including candidates, can gather at the county offices on Highway 260 next to Fargo’s to see real-time results and eat cookies after polls close Tuesday night for the primary election.
“We’re going to set up here with coffee and crumpets,” said Supervisor Tommie Martin.
Supervisors said they were pleased to see the new statewide system that brings Gila County into the 21st Century.
“The system promotes transparency and more timely access to election results,” said Gila County Elections Director Linda Eastlick.
This new online tool will debut during the Aug. 24 primary election. The Gila County Division of Elections will begin posting results just one hour after polls close. Updates will continue until all precincts report.
“Media and citizens can see the numbers for themselves on election night as they are received by our office,” said Eastlick.
The Roundup will also post results for local races on its Web site, www.payson.com, as soon as they become available.
“This is a great new service to the citizens of Gila County and the state of Arizona,” said Eastlick.
The Web-based database will provide detailed views of state and county election results, down to the precinct, for anyone who logs on.
From the Web site, people can view a slew of statistics, including voter turnout, the number of precincts reporting and the percentage of votes that separate candidates.
Voters can access the system by logging onto Gila County’s Web site at www.gilacountyaz.gov. See statewide results by logging onto the secretary of state’s Web site at www.azsos.gov.