Workers prep for Election Day

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 2:52 PM

PHOENIX -- It's crunch time, not only for candidates, but for election workers who spent Monday prepping, processing early ballots, and picking up the phone to answer thousands of voter questions.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett himself fielded phone calls on Election Eve.

"The phones have been ringing nonstop," Bennett said.

Despite some last-minute voter confusion, he's confident counties are prepared for Election Day.

"I think things are going to run smoothly," Bennett said.

In Maricopa County, Helen Purcell of the Recorder's Office said workers have already begun counting about 770,000 early ballots.

She estimates voter turnout in Maricopa County to be around 70 to 75 percent. Thousands of election workers and dozens of troubleshooters will work together across the region to address any issues, should they arise.

"I don't anticipate any problems, but you never know until Election Day," Purcell said.

She anticipates rush hour at the polling locations to be between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., as well as 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Purcell advises voters to know their ballots and voting locations before heading out the door.
 

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