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Did Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Really Win?

Several hundred thousand votes remain uncounted.

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“I think they’re misinterpreting some of that,” Roberts said, referring to Carmona’s 300,000-ballot figure and the various categories of voters. “I think they are lumping in all the early [mailed-in], provisional, overseas and ballots delivered at polling places.”

It was not unusual for a presidential election year to have 100,000 provisional ballots in Maricopa County, he said.

The bottom line is the official results in the Maricopa Sheriff’s race may not be known for two weeks, other election officials said. For Penzone to emerge with more votes that Arpaio, it appears that the Democrat would need more than two out of every three of the estimated uncounted votes.

The Arizona Secretary of State annouces the final and official winners on Dec. 3.

 

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).