Feathered Bastard

Arizona's Vote Count vs. California's, and Maricopa County Has 109,000 85,300 66,550 Ballots Left

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If you want messy, there's always Ohio, where folks went to court to try and force Secretary of State Jon Husted to count certain provisionals cast by people who did not record their identification info on their ballots.

Husted, a Republican, appealed the decision to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and won.

What about our big blue neighbor to the west, California? Surely a progressive state such as that, with Democrat Jerry Brown as Governor, has all of its votes counted at this late date.

Think again, ballot-breath. As of Thursday, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat, reported that there were 1.7 million ballots left to be counted.

Those numbers have yet to be updated, BTW.

Of course, California has more than 18 million registered voters, at least six times Arizona's 3.1 million registered voters.

As of today, Los Angeles County, a blue bastion if there ever was one, had an estimated 340,684 ballots left to count.

LA County has 4.7 million registered voters.

The day after the election, The Los Angeles Times reported that 792,000 votes remained uncounted in the county.

Beginning to sound familiar?

You'll recall that Arizona was reporting more than 630,000 uncounted at one point.

San Diego County has 1.56 million registered voters, still under Maricopa County's 1.85 million, but close enough for a comparison.

On November 7, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego County had 460,000 ballots remaining to be counted.

On Thursday, San Diego County reported that it had 120,000 ballots remaining to be counted. That number should be updated soon.

Interestingly, in San Diego County, Democrats now enjoy a slight registration edge over Republicans.

And the City of San Diego just elected its first Democratic Mayor in two decades, according to the Associated Press.

I guess you could assume that these California counties have had relatively "slow" vote counts because its public servants are incompetent or have some ill-intent.

But I don't think so. There are a lot of other factors at play, the popularity of mail-in ballots, being but one.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons