President Obama was reelected Tuesday, and the Latino vote helped make this happen. Nationally Latino voter turnout was 26% higher than in 2008. In Arizona, Latinos came out in record numbers, but many of their votes still haven't been counted. Why? Because in neighborhood after neighborhood, voters were forced to use provisional ballots in Arizona.
What this means is that the race isn’t over yet. According to the Arizona Republic, more than 600,000 statewide votes haven't been counted clouding the outcome of several close Arizona races for senate and the race for Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Nearly 2/3 of the uncounted ballots--460,000--are from Maricopa County. This is especially important as controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio has claimed victory with a lead of 88,000. These 460,000 ballots can change the outcome of the election.
Maricopa County’s provisional ballots fill 1,500 clear plastic boxes stacked more than 6 feet high at the Recorder’s Office in Phoenix. The high number of uncounted ballots surpassed the expectations of county officials based on past presidential elections and has caused an uproar from voter mobilization groups . They are saying that the votes being uncounted, as well as hundreds of accounts of irregularities and problems at the polls -- from long lines to voters being turned away -- is outrageous and cannot be tolerated.
The UFW and the UFW Foundation are proud to join with our partners at Promise Arizona and demand that these ballots be counted immediately. Please sign the nationwide petition we will be handing in to AZ’s Maricopa County Recorder on Tuesday by clicking the grey "submit form" button on the bottom right.