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San Luis candidates thank the city as voting count continues for AZ primary

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Almost one day after the Arizona primary, the Yuma County government reports that roughly 4,500 ballots are left to be counted.

The official election results will be announced by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors on August 15th at 9 a.m.

Kevin Tunnell who is the Yuma County communications director, confirms that there were no major discrepancies throughout voting hours and shares what is left to gather the final results.

“There's audits that go on, we also bring in members of both parties and both parties witness randomly selected ballots so they can go over them to find any inaccuracies or anything like that and typically that goes smoothly," said Tunnell.

Updated election results show Nieves Riedel as the lead for San Luis’ next mayor.

Incumbent Gerardo Sanchez says if he wins, his team should get ready for what’s to come.

“I’m very grateful for the city of San Luis," said Sanchez. "I’ve been mayor for almost 10 years now, I’m very grateful for the opportunity. We’ve done a lot and we will continue to do a lot.”

We spoke to one of the lead candidates today for San Luis city council.

Javier Vargas, who is currently one of the top three candidates says this is his second time running for council and has gained a lot of experience from both campaigns.

“We saw a lot of participation from the community as different from the previous years," said Vargas. I feel very confident with the numbers, but you can’t comment on if you win or something until you see the final results.”

Vargas says he wants to improve the voting culture to better inform and motivate the people of San Luis to vote.

The top six candidates for council will advance to the general unless any get 50% plus one of the votes then that candidate would be guaranteed a seat.

When official results are in for the primary, we can start looking forward to the general elections on November 8th.

Updated election results are here.

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