Early Voting For September Primary Begins Next Week

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Registered voters in Gila County may cast ballots for the Sept. 12 primary election as early as next week.

Voters will vote for a new justice of the peace, a constable, and select candidates for Congress and Arizona Legislature, governor, attorney general and secretary of state.

Gila County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega will be mailing ballots on Aug. 10 to those who request them. Voters may also go to the recorder's office in Payson or Globe to cast an early ballot.

The Payson office is located at 201 West Frontier St. Both offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The recorder said they will have a drop box for the ballots outside the Payson office.

"People who vote early or send in their ballots by mail don't need identification," Ortega said. "Voters who request a ballot by mail and don't receive it within 10 days, should call our office."

She said ballots must be returned to the recorder by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, the day of the election.

"If someone is mailing in their ballot and put it in the mail the Saturday before the primary, it might not reach us by the deadline.

Sometimes the mail from Payson to Globe goes to Phoenix first," Ortega said.

Voters using a mail-in ballot should plan accordingly.

To request an early ballot, call the Gila County Recorder's Office at (928) 425-3231 ext. 8735 or 8619.

The closing date to register to vote in the primary's regular ballot is Aug. 14, Ortega said.

"Exercise your right to vote," Ortega said. "One vote does count."

For details on the upcoming election visit www.azsos.gov. Click on "Elections" link.

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