It is important that anyone who is registered to vote in this election, do so. One of the races to be decided by this balloting is that of Justice of the Peace District 7 Constable. All of the candidates running in the Constable’s race are Republicans and there will be no challengers in the Nov. 6 General Election. This is strictly a write-in choice, no candidates are listed because the candidacy filings were not due until after the ballots were being printed due to the timing of the former constable’s resignation and his length of time in office.
In other cases, although not absolute victories, if the strongest candidates for a contested position are all from the same party, the partisan winner in the primary election could well be a “shoo-in” for the general election victory.
People who have opted to vote early and received a mail-in ballot must make sure that they have remembered to mark their ballots and mail them into the Pinal County Recorders Office as ballots must be received at the county office in Florence by Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. to be counted.
If someone has forgotten about their ballot, all is not lost. Early ballot recipients are allowed to turn in their ballots at any Pinal County polling location on of the election and it will be delivered with ballots from that poll and counted.
As a result of the redistricting that occurred last spring breaking Pinal County into five supervisory districts (up from three due to population growth in the 2010 census), precinct boundaries in some areas of the county were changed in an effort to balance the number of voters, according to Pinal County Elections Director Steve Kizer.
So, some voters may have unfamiliar polling places for this year’s elections. Each voter’s precinct number and polling location are indicated on the front of the sample ballot that all registered voters who did not request early ballots should have received.
A person’s precinct number is also listed on the individual’s voter ID card.
If you can’t check either, go to the Pinal County Elections Department website and use the link called “View Your Registration or Find Your Polling Place.” Once the statewide site is reached, all one need do is enter a home address, and the precinct and voting location will appear. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Those who did not register to vote in time for the primary election but want to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election can still register to vote through Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.