Voter Identification Cards In The Mail Next Week

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The new voter identification cards, required to participate in the elections this fall, will be mailed Monday or Tuesday, according to Gila County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega.

Residents should look for the cards by the end of the week as they are being mailed from out of state, Ortega said.

To comply with Proposition 200, Gila County will be mailing voter identification cards to all registered voters. To cast a ballot in the Sept. 12 primary and the Nov. 7 general election, voters must present this identification card and photo ID.

"An Arizona driver's license issued after October 1996 would be enough," Ortega said.

Other acceptable identification is a legible birth certificate and any supporting documentation for name changes.

She said, when voters receive their voter identification cards, they will also get information about the state law requiring their use and additional details.

"Once they get the ID cards, voters need to go over the information carefully to make sure it is correct," Ortega said. The information on the card and driver's license must match that in the voter rolls. "If you get a card for someone who is deceased or no longer at the address, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.

"Don't just throw the mailing away. If the person is deceased, put that on the envelope and return it to the post office and they will mail it back to us. If the person has moved and you know the forwarding address, print that on the envelope and send it back."

Persons not receiving a voter ID mailing from the county by the end of June should contact the recorder's office. The voter rolls may have an incorrect address for you or you may have been removed.

Additional information will be published closer to the elections, Ortega said.

The deadline to register to vote in the September primary is Aug. 14. Early voting begins Aug. 10. Registration must be completed by Oct. 9 to vote in the November general election, she said.

The telephone number for the recorder's office is (800) 291-4452, or (928) 425-3231, ext. 8735.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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