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The Washington DC politicians, the media, and the citizens of the United States are waiting for the winners of the Nevada and Arizona Senate campaigns that could decide which Party is in charge of the Senate.
And now we know that it may not be until next week that we discover who has won in Nevada, Fox 5 Vegas reported.
“The mail will continue to process every day and the curing processing takes place every day as well,” Clark County’s top election official, Joe Gloria,” said.
“The mail can come through until this Saturday. As long as it is postmarked by November 8th,” he said.
“The cure runs through Monday. Which is November 14th. So, anybody on the cure list, which means we couldn’t match their signature to what we have on file, they have until Monday, close of business in order to get that ballot cured,” he said.
Voters who need to verify their signature or cure their ballot will be notified by the Elections Department.
Gloria also said 5,555 provisional ballots need to be verified and counted but first, those voters who registered to vote at the polls on Election Day must be verified by the Secretary of State as valid voters which won’t happen until at least Tuesday.
“We are hoping that those will get counted by Wednesday,” Gloria added.
In Washoe County, live cams showed counting throughout the day. They also expect ballots to continue to come in through the mail in the coming days, in addition to what they got Wednesday.
“We received an additional 11 trays of ballots from the post office today, we are still checking those in, so I don’t have hard numbers. Those trays fit about 400 ballots,” Washoe County Interim Registrar of Voters Jamie Rodriguez said.
Officials from Maricopa County, Arizona, have provided a major update after several voters experienced a technical issue at various polling places on Election Day.
Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates held a press conference late on Wednesday, where he provided an update on the situation, clarified reporting in the media, and apologized to the public.
“Apologized yesterday. I will do it again today. What happened yesterday we cannot have a repeat of. We are already looking very closely at what happened. Obviously, our team was able to come up with a fix yesterday for what happened, so that allowed those votes centers to get back online. But again, we are going to do a deep dive on this. This board will get to the bottom of exactly what happened, and we will do what needs to be done,” Gates said.
Gates said that a “lion’s share” of the roughly 250,000 in-person votes cast on Election Day had been officially counted and reported. However, he said about 17,000 ballots — or 7 percent — were held in drop boxes and had not been counted.
Gates also said he expects up to 99 percent of the election results to be made public by Friday, with several dumps of new data being released each night until then.
Gates rejected the idea that there was any criminal activity afoot or any other foul play, but acknowledged that “yesterday was not a perfect election.”
“Maricopa County, Arizona, Supervisor Bill Gates apologized after roughly 20% of their polling sites had problems with tabulation machines reading ballots just hours after Election Day polls opened. The Arizona county had explained that some machines had problems with their printers and were not producing dark enough ink on ballots,” Fox News reported.
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon and she wasted little time setting the record straight after a reporter asked her about potentially being picked to be Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate.
“I’m going to do two terms. I’m going to be your worst frickin’ nightmare for 8 years, and we will reform the media as well. We are going to make you guys into journalists again. So, get ready. It’s going to be a fun 8 years.”
A reporter went on to ask Lake: “Just curious, your attorney had mentioned maybe a possible silver lining with the issues that you will be able to move about town and kind of shake hands and talk to some of the people in line. Could you elaborate on your plans later today.”
“We are going to encourage people to stay in line, we are going to vote and stay in line and the people of Arizona would walk over hot coals and they would walk over broken glass to vote today and I know that they can stand in line for a couple hours if they have to. I know they’ll stand in line for eight hours if they have to. And they will vote and my message to the people of Arizona is do not get out of line until you have cast your vote. Do not get out of line until you have cast your vote. Things are looking very good for us. They may be trying to slow a red tsunami but it’s coming, and we are going to take back Arizona and I know that people are out voting, take food, wear comfortable shoes, take some water and just stay in line, Arizona, and vote. Vote, vote, vote, we have to vote today,” Lake responded.