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Maricopa County Recorder's office hiring to help process remaining ballots

Posted at 3:14 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 22:55:11-05

Need some extra cash? The Maricopa County Recorder's Office is hiring additional people to help process remaining ballots. 

The County Recorder's Office is hiring Central Board Workers, at a rate of $10.50/hour. Many of the jobs include, essentially, reviewing ballots which have unclear markings

"This is the evidence that we are putting in front of our citizens, and the citizens get to decide one way or another," said County Recorder Adrian Fontes. "That's what jury service is like, that's what these citizens are doing."

Fontes says tabulation machines will flag ballots which contain some unclear markings, like when a voter left a stray line in a race or used a marker that bled through to the back. 

Those ballots then go to a specific board, made up of at least two registered voters of different political parties, which try to decide what the voter intended. 

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Fontes says official observers from the different political parties also oversee the process. 

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office told ABC15 nearly 140,000 ballots from the general election had been sent to boards. Compare that with more than 1.35 million ballots cast in the county. 

Fontes says his office is looking to hire up to 400 people per day until the remaining ballots are cleared.