SRP Lineman Mark Henle works on the Navajo Nation
By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic
Salt River Project officials certified results Monday from their April 5 election after recounting votes last week, and none of the winners changed in the recount.
The public water and power utility boards conducted the first recount since forming in 1903, not just because election controversies are in vogue in Arizona in 2022, but because SRP actually had a software glitch on election night.
Nobody suspected the glitch of fouling up the results. But because the reliability of elections is a challenge for some people to accept as of late, the officials decided to rescan the ballots to reassure everyone the election was legitimate.
SRP is actually two entities, a public power district and a private water-users association. The boards for both SRP entities are elected on an acreage basis by people who own land in the territory.
The low-key elections occur every two years, allowing land owners in the SRP territory to select who serves as president, vice president and as board members.
Only about 14,000 ballots went out in the special election, which does not coincide with any other state or federal election. Only about half those ballots were returned.