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FLORENCE — Early voting in Pinal County is more than double what it was four years ago, with 11,515 ballots cast in the first week. In 2016 the number was 4,955.

These numbers include those who voted early in-person, those who voted by mail and those who dropped off their mail-in ballots, County Recorder Virginia Ross said. A majority of Pinal County voters, 68%, are signed up to receive mail-in ballots.

Ross and County Elections Director Michele Forney are tentatively planning a news conference next week to answer questions about the Nov. 3 general election.

Early voting will be available until Oct. 30 at 31 N. Pinal St. in Florence; 820 E. Cottonwood Lane in Casa Grande; and 575 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. Emergency voting is on Nov. 2.

Voters may still request a ballot by mail before Oct. 23 by visiting https://my.arizona.vote/PortalList.aspx. Those who plan to vote at the polls on Nov. 3 can find their polling place at the same site.

Arizona counties can now start tabulating early and verified ballots.

Arizona law allows counties to start counting ballots two weeks before the election. Early results won’t be reported until after polls close on Election Day, Nov. 3.

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office says it will start counting 645,000 ballots that it’s already received either by mail, drop box or in-person early voting.

That’s roughly 75% more ballots than the county received during the same timeframe in the 2016 general election.

In Pima County, elections officials report close to 150,000 ballots already received. The 13 other counties in the state have reported receiving over 133,000 ballots so far.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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