Primary Voters Have Their Say In Arizona's 8th Congressional District

By  Bret Jaspers, Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 8:58am
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:54pm

Earlier this year, Reynaldo "Rey" Valenzuela answers questions about the proposed polling sites for the special election in the 8th Congressional district.
(Photo by Bret Jaspers - KJZZ)

7:00 p.m.

Polls have closed in a special Arizona primary election to fill a seat vacated by a Republican who was embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal.

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office is expected to release the first results from balloting to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Arizona Secretary of State's office says about 100,000 early ballots in the 8th Congressional District primary have been counted so far but the results haven't been released.

A dozen Republicans are running in their party's primary in the heavily Republican district that covers much of the western Phoenix suburbs. Two Democrats are seeking their party's nomination.

The winners will face off in a general election April 24.

11:45 a.m.

There were a couple of early glitches out at the polls, but Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said late morning that the kinks were all worked out. 

One polling place needed to swap out a tabulator for another. A second spot, in Peoria, didn’t have the special paper it needed to print ballots.

“We weren’t actually printing any ballots at that site,” Fontes said, although he noted an electronic system was also available.

Some people wanted to vote on paper, which eventually arrived.

“That became a fully-functioning site at 7:30, but ballots could have been cast before 7:30 a.m. at that site," said Fontes.

It isn’t clear how many voters were affected by the early glitches. Fontes said about 2,000 people checked in to vote in person by about 10:15 a.m.

MORE: Expect Slight Delays In Returns For Arizona Special Primary Election

8:58 a.m.

The primary election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district is Tuesday.

Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast a ballot. Polling places are listed at

State records show more than 96,000 people have voted early via mail-in ballot. About 63,000 of those are Republicans and 33,000 are Democrats.

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office estimates about 18,000 people will vote on Election Day.

The winners of the party primaries will compete in the general election on April 24. That winner of that will replace Trent Franks, who resigned last year.

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