By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror
Several counties didn’t conduct post-election hand counts of ballots because one or more of Arizona’s political parties declined to participate.
State law calls for counties to perform a partial hand count of ballots after each election. Representatives of each recognized political party in the county select which precincts or vote centers are subjected to the hand counts, as well as which races shall be included.
County parties must inform election officials of who will participate in the hand count no later than the Tuesday before election day. And because no more than 75% of the participants can be from the same party, at least two political parties must participate. In several counties, that didn’t happen this year.