Pinal County faces criticism for attorney general election recount

By Ignacio Ventura
Published: Sunday, January 1, 2023 - 8:26pm
Updated: Monday, January 2, 2023 - 10:03am

The recount for the Arizona attorney general race saw a notable decrease in the margin of votes between Republican Abe Hamadeh and Democrat Kris Mayes. 

While the updated result still showed Mayes as the winner, Pinal County faced criticism for having an undercount of more than 500 votes. Secretary of State-elect Adrian Fontes spoke about the discrepancies in the vote count.

Adrian Fontes
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Adrian Fontes

“Many of the counties came up dead even, and that really is the ideal. That one or two votes here or there in these types of recounts are not unreasonable, but once you get into the double digits, you’ve got problems,” he said.

Pinal County attributed the extra counted votes to human error. Fontes also said a solution to the problem would be having “more people, more funding and much better training.”

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