The counting of votes in the 2020 presidential elections is still underway in a handful of states, including on the most important battlefield, Arizona. But how can you confirm that your ballot has been counted?
For those who submitted ballots early or by mail, you can check the status of your ballot on the Arizona Voter Information Portal website by entering your district, last name, date of birth and identification number (either your driver’s license/ID number or Arizona Voter ID).
“If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or have submitted a one-time request for a postal vote/early ballot, you can check the date your ballot was sent to you, the date your ballot was returned and received by the district clerk, and whether your ballot was accepted and your signature verified,” the website says.
For the latest information on submitted or advanced ballots in Maricopa and Pima Counties, voters can check the official websites of the Maricopa County Election Department and Pima County. There they can check the status of their ballots by entering the relevant identification information, such as last name and date of birth.
What if there was an error on my mail-in ballot?
You can be contacted directly by officials if there are certain problems with your ballot, such as if your signature does not match. The officials have five days to contact you to verify your identity and “cure” the vote.
If a voter appears to have voted for more than one candidate in error (e.g., by crossing out one selection and making a different selection), a district election committee, consisting of two people from different political parties and an election judge, will attempt to determine the voter’s intent and fill out a new ballot to reflect the voter’s choice.
According to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, scatter marks on a particular ballot are not recognized by the ballot counting machine.
A vote is taken as a provisional ballot if there are still open questions regarding the voter’s eligibility, such as verifying his identity in case the voter has forgotten to bring an ID card to the polls. In this case the voter would have five days to bring the ID card to the polling stations.
A provisional ballot paper will be put on hold until the open questions are resolved. Those who have submitted a provisional ballot can check the status of their ballot in the Arizona Voter Information Portal by entering the district in which they are registered to vote, their full name, the provisional ballot number and the voter’s identification card.
Voting at the polling stations
Those who personally voted in a polling station would have seen a confirmation message displayed and entered into a tabulation machine immediately after the election was completed.
A vote is recorded online as cancelled if you requested an absentee ballot but voted in person at a polling station instead. In this case the postal vote is cancelled because you cannot vote twice.
The last count in Arizona
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was declared the probable winner in Arizona by The Associated Press on Wednesday at 2:50 a.m. EST after an analysis of the national ballots.
At the time of writing this article on Thursday, Biden had 50.5 percent of the vote (1,469,341), according to Reuters, while Trump had 48.1 percent (1,400,951), based on 86 percent of the expected votes counted.
The chart below, provided by Statista, illustrates how close the presidential races have been historically.