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Thu, May 23

Yavapai County to revisit 337 rejected ballots

Yavapai County works diligently to find voters whose signatures don’t match official records. After 7 p.m. on Election Day, however, they do not contact voters with rejected ballots.

“Up until 7 p.m., we do everything we can to get hold of them to come in to the office or go to a vote center,” said Laurin Custis, registrar of voters for Yavapai County.

In this election, the office rejected 337 ballots for which the signatures didn’t match, the voter voted twice, or the envelope was empty. This represents 0.0037 percent of the 91,766 early ballots, Custis said.

“That doesn’t mean they didn’t vote or they didn’t cast another ballot, or went and voted on Election Day,” she added. Elections workers will have to research those possibilities.

Custis said Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman and the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office have been on the phone all day Friday with state officials in Phoenix.

“I am willing to do what the law says, what the judge says. I don’t have a dog in this fight,” Custis said, still busy with the 925 provisional ballots cast in Yavapai County.


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