By Carolyn Classen, blogger
“Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez will hold a press conference at 11 a.m., Oct. 17, at the Pima County Elections Center, 6550 S. Country Club Road. Rodriguez will discuss with the media the large number of early ballots returned during the first 10 days of early voting.
“I’ve never seen early ballot numbers like this,” said Rodriguez, who has been County Recorder for 28 years. “We’re doing our best to keep up, but the public will need to be a little patient with us as we work our way through this large volume of ballots.”
The County has mailed a record 505,903 early ballots since Oct. 7. The Recorder at the press conference will provide the number of ballots that have been returned so far, either through the mail or at ballot drop-off sites. Voters also have been casting early ballots at early voting sites across the metro area.
Voters who cast early ballots can track their ballot on the Recorder’s website, however, the volume of ballots being returned has caused the time between when a ballot is received and when it is scanned into the tracking system to be a little longer than Rodriguez prefers. She said her office is running two shifts every day, including weekends, to get the large volume of returned ballots processed and ready for tabulating.
“We want people to know that if they’ve mailed their ballot, dropped it off, or voted early, we’ve got their ballot. They just need to be patient and it will show up on the tracker in two or three days,” Rodriguez said.
Media members attending the press conference will be allowed into the ballot processing room to see the processing and the ballot storage area and security. Filming will not be allowed in the processing room, but the County Communications Office has shot b-roll that will be made available to the media at the conference. The Recorder will conduct an on-camera press conference outside the processing room after the tour to answer any additional questions. Ms. Rodriguez wants to keep the public informed on the processing of voted ballots as we move toward Election Day.”
What: Pima County Recorder Press Conference
When: 11 a.m., Oct. 17
Where: Pima County Elections Center, 6550 S. Country Club Road
Why: Record Number of Early Ballot Returns
Media Contact: Mark B. Evans, Communications Office Director, 520-369-9123, email@example.com.