August 31, 2008
The Division sent out approximately
9,120 Republican absentee ballots. As of Election Day, approximately
4,900 of those sent out have been returned. For the remaining
ballots, if they were postmarked on or before Election Day, the
Division has up to 10 days, if mailed within the United States,
or up to 15 days if mailed from overseas, to receive and count
On Election Day, if a voter's
name was not on the precinct register, the voter was issued a
questioned ballot. The Division will not know how many questioned
ballots there are until the materials are received from the precincts.
We are estimating anywhere between 5,000 10,000 questioned
ballots and should have an approximate number by early next week.
As with the absentee in-person ballots, the Division will not
know how many Republican questioned ballots were issued until
those ballots are opened and counted.
The Division has, by state
law, up to 15 days after Election Day to review, open and count
absentee and questioned ballots. Due to the short time-frame
between the Primary and General elections and the potential for
a recount, it is the Division's goal to have the absentee and
questioned ballots counted by September 5, 2008 which is 10 days
after Election Day. After we count on September 5th, there may
still be absentee ballots that were mailed from overseas to be
counted. The overseas ballots will be counted on September 11th.
After all absentee and questioned
ballots are counted, the bi-partisan State Ballot Review Board
reviews all materials prior to the election being certified.
The Division's goal is to certify the election September 16
18. There is not an automatic recount unless there is
a tie vote.
The Division is still waiting to receive the touch screen memory card from the following precincts to upload any touch screen results. At this point, we are uncertain if some of the following precincts had voters using the touch screen and will not know until we receive the memory card. If there were voters, the results will be uploaded and included in the September 5th release of results:
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