Arizona’s Maricopa County begins hand count audit as estimated 400K ballots unprocessed

Maricopa County election officials in Arizona’s most populous region have begun a hand count audit, officials announced late Wednesday. 

“The hand count audit has begun,” the county’s election department said on Twitter. “Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian party chairs drew the races and ballots that hand count audit boards will review Saturday.” 

“This is an important step in ensuring the accuracy of the 2022 General Election results,” they added. 

Voters in Arizona are still awaiting results of the crucial U.S. Senate and governor’s races, and several closely watched U.S. House races. The secretary of state’s office estimates that Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, has around 400,000 uncounted ballots.