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Voter problems primarily due to voter error

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Voter problems primarily due to voter error

CREATED Nov 7, 2012

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Election day is over but the work at the Pima County Election Center continues.

Chief Deputy Recorder Chris Roads says without question, the year's early voter turnout will be record breaking. However, a big part of reported voter problems comes from those early voter ballots.

Roads says once election day rolled in, thousands of voters called their office reporting problems.

According to Roads, a majority of voter problem's involve voters who moved but did not update their address. The problem worsens when said voters then go to their old precinct to vote and not their new polling site.

Another voting issue surrounds early voters who decide not to vote early and instead head to the polls. They're given provisional ballots.

And then, Roads says, there's the calls from people who are registered to vote -- just not in Arizona. Under state law, provisional ballots are also issued to those voters.

"That definitely bogs down the system as we go," Roads said.

This year's redistricting also added to voter woes, "A lot of people had new polling places and getting them to the correct polling site was the big block of the calls we took yesterday," Roads continued.

9OYS asked Roads if a majority of the voter problems can be attributed to voter error.

"Typically, that is the case. A lot of people don't want to say that," Roads said.

In the 2008 Presidential election, the center received 32,000 provisional ballots. They're expecting around 30,000 this year.

Inside the election center, the early voter ballots are being counted. The provisional ballots are next on the to-do list. State law requires all counting must be finished ten days after the election; putting the deadline at November 16, 2012.

"We're going to be working everyday that ends with the word day until we're done," said Roads.