District 3 Supervisor Recount Still An Unknown

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The question of a recount of the votes given John Marcanti and Marvin Mull Jr. in the District 3 supervisor race is still up in the air.

There are still early and provisional ballots to be counted, said Linda Eastlick, director of the Gila County elections office.

She said early ballots delivered after the Friday before the election and Election Day are not counted until after all other ballots are tallied.

Some people deliver their early ballots to their polling place the day of the election, she said.

Eastlick explained an automatic recount can happen in two instances: when only 10 votes separate candidates or when the difference between their votes is lesser than or equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the total ballots cast for the two candidates.

In either case, the issue would go to a judge to order a recount.

Locked up

There was a slight glitch in the Tuesday returns when ballots were reportedly locked up at one of the Payson polling places. Eastlick said the ballots weren’t locked up; they were delivered and counted by midnight Tuesday. However, some of the election equipment — a scanner and touch screen — were locked up, but delivered the next day, with no impact on the vote count.

Write-ins

There is still time to throw hats into the ring for the general election. Eastlick said a write-in candidate has until 40 days before the general election to file nominating papers. However, the election must be a partisan race; this excludes special districts, the community college and school boards.

An unsuccessful primary candidate cannot file to be a write-in for the office they sought.

The deadline to file nominating papers for the 2012 general election is Thursday, Sept. 27.

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