PHOENIX -- The state's chief election officer promised Friday to look into problems in counting ballots this year but said it appears the system is working the way it should.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett acknowledged that as of Friday there were more than 350,000 early ballots statewide that had yet to be counted. On top of that there were another 172,000-plus provisional ballots that needed to be reviewed to determine if they, too, should be counted.
But Bennett said all the concerns raised about the number of people who were forced to cast provisional ballots this year is misplaced. And he said there is no evidence that specific groups were targeted.