Pinal County saw shortage of ballots in at least 12 precincts during primary

The shortage was due to an "unprecedented demand."
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 5:27 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 6:49 AM MST
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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.