PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The election is over, but there are still a lot of votes to be counted in Maricopa County.
A lot of votes. Hundreds of thousands of votes and that's raising concerns and frustration on social media.
Some voters took to Twitter.
"I'm scratching my head."
"Come on Maricopa "
"No surprise. AZ Voting is a mess."
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said there are a number of reasons election results are slower here than other parts of the country.
For one, some of the equipment and technology they use is 30 years old, said Fontes.
They've also received more than 1 million early ballots, which take extra time to tabulate.
"We've got to process those envelopes and get those signatures verified, then take ballots out and then put them through the tabulator so our process is a lot more secure and a lot more accountable," Fontes explained. "That's why it takes a little longer."
Over the years, Maricopa County has historically called close races slower than other states.
Back in 2016, it took 10 days before the final results were released in the highly contested county recorder's race.
Steve Chucri, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said they're looking for ways to make our elections more efficient, and that includes speeding up the ballot counting process.
"That's something that we are going to now work on," he said. "How do we compare to other counties our size, other counties that seem to get it right, and have those votes counted more quickly than we can? That's part of what my colleagues and I are going to find out and see what we can do."
The next election results will be released at 5 p.m. Thursday. We'll have them here for you on azfamily.com and in our free mobile app.
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