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PHOENIX — In Arizona, there is no “Election Day.”
Locals know it as “Election Month,” a weeks-long political extravaganza that begins in October and extends through the middle of November as election workers slog through hundreds of thousands of early ballots tucked inside green and white envelopes.
In Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, the vote counting unfolds inside a gargantuan downtown building resembling a warehouse. Security officers monitor who comes and goes, and workers wearing blue latex gloves furiously sort ballot envelopes while ’80s pop and ’90s hip-hop blares. A track recently in rotation: Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
Nearby, through a maze of corridors and walls plastered with maps of the second-largest voting jurisdiction in the country, a lobby that does not usually see a lot of action is now the nerve center of American politics. Television crews relay news about a complicated vote-counting process from…
This article was written by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com