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Nov 9, 2012 6:28 PM

Provisional ballots to determine tight races

TUCSON - Ballot counting continues with a few local races still too close to call.

The Pima County Recorder's Office has until next week to verify all of the provisional ballots.

Thursday, all of the early ballots were verified. Now, they're verifying the provisional ballots.

By statute, Pima County must certify its election results by November 26.

The provisional ballots will determine the outcome of some tight races.

One race still awaiting that final ballot count is Congressional District 2 where incumbent Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally are neck and neck.

Meantime, Prop 409 still too close to call. Prop. 409 is the $100 million bond package aimed at repairing Tucson roads and potholes.

There were more than 26,000 provisional ballots issued on Election Day. Several questions need to be answered to determine whether the ballot counts or not:

*Did they register at least 29 days prior to the election?

*Did they go to the correct polling place?

*If they got an early ballot, did they return the early ballot?

*Does their identification match records in the voter registration database?

Two people review each ballot at a different time and have to make sure the ballot meets the requirements.

Once the ballots are verified, voters can look up whether their ballot counts.

So far about 85 percent of the ballots will count.

Once all the ballots are verified, you can check your provisional ballot status here:

http://www.recorder.pima.gov/public/receiptdata.aspx

"They'll need to have that receipt number as well as their name and they can log into the website-click on the link for provisional ballot status and when they enter their information--they will get back the results. If it was counted, they will be told it was counted. If it didn't count, they'll be told it didn't count, plus exactly why it didn't count," said Chris Roads, Deputy Recorder.

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