People wait in line to vote at the First New Life Missionary Baptist Church at 19th Ave. and Roeser, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

More than 524,000 ballots in Ariz. still uncounted, may change outcome of races

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says more than 524,000 early and provisional ballots statewide have yet to be processed and counted.

The uncounted ballot total stood at more than 631,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

By Friday, Bennett says the number was down to 524,633 statewide including nearly 353,000 early ballots.

In Maricopa County, Recorder Helen Purcell says almost 18,000 early ballots were tabulated Friday.

She says approximately 120,000 provisional ballots and about 220,000 early ballots still remain to be processed for tabulation.

Maricopa County is scheduled to canvass its elections on Nov. 26.

A state canvass to certify official election results for federal, statewide and legislative races is scheduled Dec. 3.

The New York Times reports there are three races that remain too close to call and there is question about the outcome of other races, like the Senate seat where Republican candidate Jeff Flake was called the winner over his Democratic challenger Richard H. Carmona by an unofficial count of only 78,775 votes.

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