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Poking fun at Arizona for uncounted ballots

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Boxes and boxes of uncounted Arizona ballots are still sitting around, more than a week after the election. Why is it taking so long? And when will we be done?

Those are just two of the big questions surrounding the vote count in this election. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 193,000 ballots still need to be counted.

The rest of the country is starting to take notice.

This is exactly the amount of time it took to count votes in 2008, according to Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Simply put, Arizona is not done yet.

There was an awkward moment as reporters gathered to meet new Republican Senators on Capitol Hill in D.C. including Arizona's Jeff Flake.

"Did you get your official results Senator Flake?" someone asked.

The newly elected Senator mumbled "we're comfortable," but he doesn't have official results from his Arizona race because votes are still being counted across the state.

Headlines about Arizona still counting ballots from last Tuesday's election are popping up across the country.

A Florida newspaper, the state known for messy recounts, titled an article: "Don't feel bad Florida, Arizona is still counting ballots."

"You know it's embarrassing. We've done this for hundreds of years right, why can't we get it right," says voter Dil Phan.

"I don't know why it would be embarrassing. people should kind of be proud that a lot of people in Arizona went out and voted. they should just count faster," laughs Lindsey Williams.

Laughter appears to be spreading as Arizona's lagging vote count becomes fodder for comedians like Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.

"Yes 2016 is on, which means any moment now Arizona should be finished counting their 2012 ballots," Colbert said on his show.

The man in charge of elections is Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

"This is not the standard we would like to meet. We want to be the best election system in the country. I can't guarantee that somebody's not going to be embarrassed because they hear we are still counting ballots in Arizona. I think if they looked, they're still counting ballots in every state," says Bennett.

In fact, the mother of all swing states, Ohio, still has 300,000 uncounted provisional and absentee ballots to count.

Bennett believes part of the rising pressure is from groups with an agenda who were unhappy when their candidate lost, and are just trying to stir things up.

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