Proposition 413 is still passing but by such a narrow margin it’s now in recount territory, according to a Friday afternoon update to the Pima County Elections Department’s results website.
A recount is required when the vote margin is equal or less than one half of one percent, or 0.5%, of the total votes cast for the proposition, according to state law.
The latest data shows 47,130 voters in favor of the proposition and 46,831 in opposition out of 93,961 votes cast so far, leaving the trigger margin for a recount at 469 votes. That’s notably more than the latest margin of 299.
Arizona Revised Statute 16-661
“A recount of the vote is required when the canvass of returns in a primary or general election shows that the margin between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes for a particular office, or between the number of votes cast for and against initiated or referred measures or proposals to amend the Constitution of Arizona, is less than or equal to one-half of one percent of the number of votes cast for both such candidates or on such measures or proposals.”
Voter turnout went up from Thursday by more than two percentage points and is now at 32.30%. That’s 132,319 ballots cast out of 409,687 registered Pima County voters.
The elections department is waiting for the Pima County Recorder’s Office to cure, or correct, 231 ballots and 59 provisional ballots, Pima County Elections Director Constance Hargrove told Arizona Luminaria on Friday. She said they expect to receive the remaining ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Prop. 413 would raise the mayor’s annual salary from $42,000 to $95,750, setting the increase at 1.25 times what officials serving on the Pima County Board of Supervisors earn. Current annual salary for supervisors is $76,600 and mandated by state law. City council members would see an increase from $24,000 to $76,600.
It would be the first raise for the Tucson elected officials since 1999.
Should the Tucson measure pass, council salaries would automatically adjust to conform with any future changes to state-mandated salaries for county supervisors, while the mayor’s salary would increase at 1.25 times that rate, according to official ballot language.
Under Arizona state statutes county supervisors are expected to see a raise in 2025 to $96,600. That means the mayor’s salary would further increase to $120,750 and council members salaries would increase to $96,600.
“We won’t have the final tally until Nov. 15 or 16th according to the City Clerk’s office,” said Council member Kevin Dahl about the pay raise proposition in his ward newsletter.
Don’t miss the Monday deadline to correct your ballot
The deadline to call the recorder’s office at 520-724-4330 to verify your signature if there is a problem, such as a mismatch, is Monday Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., according to Michael Truelsen, a spokesperson with the Pima County Recorder’s Office.
This year’s election is affected by Veterans Day — the federal holiday lands on Saturday, Nov. 11 and was observed on Friday, Nov. 10. State law mandates that voters have three business days to cure or correct their ballot following an election that does not include a federal office.
Truelsen said that the recorder’s office was closed Friday with no one answering the hotline line, so voters seeking to correct their ballot and have it count should call on Monday before 5 p.m.
Voters can check their ballot status at this link.