High turnout here re­sults in many ‘late early bal­lots’

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY BLAKE HER­ZOG @BLAKEHERZOG

In Yuma County, and through­out the state, bal­lots cast in the Tues­day midterm elec­tion will be tab­u­lated all through this week and into the next, after a high turnout pro­duced thou­sands of “late early bal­lots.”

County spokesman Kevin Tunell said Wed­nes­day there are an es­ti­mated 5,200 late early bal­lots to be counted, along with 844 pro­vi­sional bal­lots.

The county recorder’s of­fice was sched­uled to com­plete ver­i­fi­ca­tion of late early bal­lots Wed­nes­day and send them to the Yuma County Elec­tion Board, which will count them to­day and Fri­day.

Tunell said he is not cer­tain when the tab­u­la­tion of those will be com­pleted, given that un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances could in­ter­fere.

Bal­lots with write-in votes were also be­ing sep-

arated from the rest on Wed­nes­day so they could be tab­u­lated, an­other task ex­pected to be­gin to­day.

Count­ing of pro­vi­sional bal­lots is ex­pected to be­gin next week, Tunell said. Those who voted with one of these on Tues­day must pro­vide the re­quired ad­di­tional doc­u­men­ta­tion to the recorder’s of­fice by Wed­nes­day.

When the late-early es­ti­mate and num­ber of pro­vi­sional bal­lots are added to the Elec­tion Day to­tals, to­tal voter turnout rises to just un­der 50 per­cent, match­ing County Recorder Robyn Stall­worth-Pou­quette’s Tues­day night pre­dic­tion.

The City of Yuma’s Propo­si­tion 411, which would cre­ate a half-cent sales tax ded­i­cated to road main­te­nance, was still lag­ging by 698 votes Wed­nes­day. “No” votes have been in the lead since the first re­sults were re­leased Tues­day.

For the Wellton Town Coun­cil elec­tion, the lead­ers for the three avail­able seats are Ken­neth Baugh­man with 296 votes, Ce­celia McCol­lough with 267 votes and Scott Blitz with 241.

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