Some Pinal County voting locations dealing with ballot shortages on primary election day

Aug 2, 2022, 5:54 PM
(Pinal County Photo)...
(Pinal County Photo)
(Pinal County Photo)

PHOENIX — Some Pinal County voting locations are dealing with a ballot shortage, officials confirmed Tuesday.

The county said an “unprecedented demand for in-person ballots” has caused the shortage in some precincts on the day of the primary election.

“Pinal County is continuing to print additional ballots and distributing them to each affected precinct polling place,” the county tweeted.

Sen. Kelly Townsend, who represents parts of the county, said she was in contact with officials to work on a solution.

Pinal County said voters can still use the express vote device located at each polling place.

Anyone in line to fill out a ballot before 7 p.m. – regardless of county — will be permitted to vote.

The ballot shortage isn’t the first Pinal County issue during this election cycle.

Officials had to scramble after tens of thousands of voters were sent incorrect early mail ballots.

About 46,000 ballots mailed to voters in Casa Grande, Eloy, Maricopa, Mammoth and Superior plus the Pinal County portions of Apache Junction and Queen Creek were missing municipal contests.

The portions of Apache Junction and Queen Creek in Maricopa County were not affected, and neither were any other cities or towns in Pinal County.

The county said human error was to blame for the mistakes.

County officials announced a solution – a supplemental all-mail election for the municipal races.

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Some Pinal County voting locations dealing with ballot shortages on primary election day