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Over 300,000 Maricopa County early ballots left to be processed and tabulated

An Arizona elections official at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office inserts ballots into a machine to recount the votes in the 5th Congressional District race Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Phoenix. Arizona officials on Tuesday began counting thousands of ballots in the razor-thin Republican primary in a Phoenix-area congressional district.

PHOENIX — Arizona’s largest county still has a ways to go before it will have all of its early ballots counted.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell released an update Thursday saying there are approximately 310,000 early ballots left to be processed and tabulated. There’s also an additional estimated 55,000 provisional ballots left to be researched.

On Election Day it was announced by Maricopa County Recorder spokeswoman Elizabeth Bartholomew that a deadline could go beyond Wednesday if some races remained too close to call. Purcell said the reasoning behind the ballots taking this long to be counted is because of the current process of counting the ballots.

In the past, vote counts have had instances when they have taken about a week in the state. There have even been instances for a recount to be held, such as in August’s primary when Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs won the Republican primary by less than 30 votes.

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