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Updated Nov 9, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Over 500K uncounted ballots remain in Arizona

Over 500,000 early and provisional ballots are still uncounted in Arizona, Sec. of State Ken Bennett said in a release.

Of the 524,633 ballots remaining, 219,703 early ballots and 120,000 provisional ballots are from Maricopa County.

Some groups have become frustrated by the process and have questioned why the ballots have taken so long to be counted, especially given several neck-and-neck races.

"In all candor, I think they're very focused on one of the countywide races here in Maricopa County," said Bennett. "They want to make sure all the ballots are counted as soon as they can and that's the same goal we have."

Bennett said the process to count all the ballots could take up to 12 days to complete.

The state received about 5 percent of its votes from provisional ballots in 2012, the same amount as it did in 2008 and that has had no effect on the process.

"We'll count all the ballots as quickly as we can but the focus is going to be accuracy," said Bennett.

A state canvass to certify election results is scheduled for Dec. 3.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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