Pinal County saw shortage of ballots in at least 12 precincts during primary
FLORENCE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Pinal County officials said on Tuesday there was a lack of ballots for the primary. In a couple of tweets, the county confirmed around 5 p.m. there weren’t enough in-person ballots to go around due to “unprecedented demand.” The shortage affected at least 12 locations, officials said. The county said as of 8:35 p.m., only one polling site in San Tan Valley was still processing voters. They have all the supplies they need and expect to have all the votes completed by about 9 p.m.
Workers at the polling places had to print additional ballots and send them out to the locations running out of them. The sites affected were:
- 8 Saddlebrook West- Mountainview Country Club Ballroom West
- 12 Eloy – Eloy City Hall (Community Room)
- 13/105 Toltec/Toltec Southwest – Toltec Community and Senior Center
- 15 Saddlebrooke East – Saddlebrooke Clubhouse One
- 17 Coolidge NE – Coolidge Women’s Club
- 45 Apache Junction NE- Four Peaks Elementary
- 49 Queen Valley – Queen Valley HOA Recreation Hall
- 83 Coyote Ranch – Casa Grande Baptist Church
- 86 Circle Cross Ranch- Circle Cross Ranch K-8 STEM Academy FUSD
- 92 Eagle Crest – Desert View Theater
- 93 Oracle South – Oracle Community Center
- 98 Links Estates – Harmon Elementary
Officials reminded voters that if there were problems with the ballots, they could choose to use an express vote device at the polling place to cast a ballot.
Pinal County is already dealing with a ballot mishap. Because of a printing error, more than 60,000 voters must cast two ballots in the Aug. 2 primary election. The bad ballots didn’t have the municipal races, so those voters must cast a municipal-only ballot in addition to the ballot that has the other races. The mixup affects seven cities and towns.
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