Pinal County voters have joined those around the country in once again deciding on who will represent them at various levels of government. As expected, Pinal gave a strong margin of victory to President Trump, but the state’s early win for Joe Biden was a key factor for a change in the White House. The fact that closeness of the race has led to litigation is unfortunate for a divided country.
Americans seemed to favor split government, giving Republicans nearly the same edge in the Senate as currently and a few extra seats in the Democratic-controlled House.
Arizona has an effective method of early voting that includes levels of security. The fact that some people bring their early ballots to the polls requires counting that still continues. The trend toward acceptance of late ballots in other states, however, is not a good one and invites fraud. Despite all the rhetoric, people have ample means of voting, and most statements to the contrary are a disservice to our way of government.
As we’ve said before, Trump’s own statements often detract from the job he is doing. However, his energy is amazing, and in the end he made a strong showing despite the fact the country has been racked by a pandemic.
In Pinal County, the relatively new strength of the Republican Party continued. This even extended to a surprisingly close race of Kevin Cavanaugh against veteran public servant Pete Rios, who has been the lone Democratic officeholder at the county offices.
Some Pinal residents stepped forward to fill school board seats as write-in candidates when petition circulation was difficult. Sadly, most Pinal school spending measures failed. They would have had a greater impact than the state Proposition 208 surtax on high earners, which could be approved, as recreational marijuana already has been.
Some Pinal residents are happy with the results, others not and others some of both. We all should give the winners the benefit of the doubt and realize that a majority of fellow citizens chose them. We should, next time, seek to avoid the kind of animosity we saw this time. Sadly for the media, many people have a heightened sense of wariness about believing what they hear or see.