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Ken Bennett Says 342,936 Ballots Left, 215K from Maricopa County

Like the Beatles once crooned, "It's getting better all the time...."

Both Maricopa County and the Arizona Secretary of State's Office updated their elections results this afternoon, and the number of remaining ballots is declining at a steady pace.

SOS Ken Bennett reported that statewide 342,936 early and provisional ballots remain to be processed.

Most of that is from Maricopa County, 215,000 ballots in all, according to County Recorder Helen Purcell.

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"For today 49,847 early ballots were tabulated and approximately 93,000 early ballots still remain to be processed for tabulation," Purcell stated in a press release. "The provisional ballot update is approximately at 122,000 for processing then tabulation."

Which is a significant drop from last week, when the SOS reported more than 600,000 ballots outstanding statewide, and Maricopa County reported more than 400,000 left.

There were around 100,000 provisional ballots cast in 2008, which would indicate a 22 percent rise this year.

Redistricting and the county's consolidation of its polling places, from 1,142 to 728, are likely the main causes of much of the confusion that transpired last week.

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