Democracy's Most Important Tool Easy To Use

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If you can read, you can vote -- provided you took the time to register. You don't have to go out of your way, stand in line at a school or church or other polling place.

Mail-in ballots are making democracy's most important tool -- your vote -- easy and convenient to use.

Revised ballots will be sent to Payson's registered voters for the mayoral and council primary election (see story on page 1A). Then it will be up to voters to take the few minutes needed to read the instructions, follow directions and make their selections from among the four mayoral and four council candidates, then send the ballots back to town hall. You don't even have to buy a stamp.

There isn't even a rush to respond. The ballots don't have to be returned until the first week of March, in fact, you can hand-deliver them to town hall as late as 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 9.

The ballots also are in Spanish. Eligible voters not receiving a ballot, or those who need to replace it, can be assisted at the town hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway or by calling (928) 474-5242.

In the past there has been concern expressed about the secrecy of the votes cast because a signature is required on the return envelope.

The ballots are removed from the envelope before being counted, so selections are as secure with the mail-in process as they are with traditional voting -- at polling places, voters are required to sign a register before receiving a ballot.

The ballot stub, with its numbers, also is separated from the actual votes before they are placed in the ballot box.

But if you don't sign the ballot affidavit on the return envelope, your vote will not be counted.

Barbara Brewer, Jim Chase, Ken Murphy and Diana Sexton are running for mayor -- you vote for only one of them.

George Barriger, Tim Fruth, Vernon Randall and John Wilson are running for council -- you vote for three of them.

To help you get to know the candidates, the Roundup published a special supplement Jan. 30, called "Meet the Candidates." Copies are still available at the newspaper's office, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

The men and women selected by the residents of Payson to serve as mayor and councilors of the town will have our future in their hands.

If you want a say in how Payson is shaped over the next few years, take the time to learn about the candidates, then let your voice be heard.

Democracy's most important tool is easy to use.

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