Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she doesn’t expect there to be a recount in her state.
“Our recount margins are very narrow,” Hobbs told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on “Good Morning America.” “So I don’t think we’re going to get to that territory.”
A recount in Arizona is automatically triggered if the margin is within 0.1% of the total number of votes. A recount also is triggered, according to state statutes, if the margin is 200 votes or fewer and the total is more than 25,000, or if the margin is 50 votes or fewer and the total doesn’t exceed 25,000.
There is no set deadline for the completion of an automatic recount. Recounts may not be requested.
Hobbs said there are just under 350,000 votes left to be counted across Arizona, including 300,000 in Maricopa County, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the state’s registered voters.
“We have said from the beginning that this takes time, and we’re going to focus on making sure every valid vote counts,” she said. “It’s not looking like today, probably closer to tomorrow that we’ll be closer to getting through all those ballots.”
With 86% of the expected vote reporting in the Grand Canyon State, Biden is leading there by 50% with 1,469,341 votes compared to Trump’s 48% with 1,400,951 votes.
As the Trump campaign files lawsuits to stop vote counting in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Hobbs said she doesn’t see any “legal path” for them to bring a challenge in Arizona.
“There’s nothing wrong with continuing to count ballots after Election Day. We’ve never finished counting ballots after Election Day,” she said. “I’m not really sure what they would challenge legally.”