Provisional ballot count high

The number of provisional ballots being cast in today’s election is higher than normal, says Donna Hale, La Paz County Elections Director. By early afternoon over 60 were cast in the town of Parker, and over 40 upriver. Provisional votes take a few days to process, because they take longer to verify.

Write-in votes also take longer, because they must be verified manually, so the County Attorney race may be impossible to call before tomorrow or later.

There may be several hundred votes out of perhaps 6,000 not included in tonight’s first unofficial results. Hale says the count will stop before midnight and resume tomorrow if that is the case.

Depending on how close some races are, races may be possible to call between 8 or 9 p.m. tonight.