Your Vote Is Your Voice -- Use It

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When registration closed on Aug. 4 for the Sept. 2 Primary Election, Secretary of State Jan Brewer showed Arizona had 2,799,390 registered voters. This is an increase of 65,282 over June 1, when her office made its last report.

"The increase in voter registration reflects continuing interest in the presidential election cycle. I am pleased to see voter interest continue to grow as people take the time to get registered to vote so they can participate in the upcoming elections."

Brewer's office reported there are 1,061,591 registered Republicans; 957,895 registered Democrats; and 17,278 registered Libertarians. The Green party has 3,467 registered voters and in the "Independent" and other category there are 759,159 registered.

Going into Tuesday's Primary Election, the Secretary of State's office has a record of 30,197 registered voters in Gila County. Of those, 13,310 are Democrats; 10,842 are Republicans; 5,889 claim other registration; 113 registered as Libertarians and 23 choose the Green party.

Probably the most critical choices for voters in Gila County will be their selection of candidates to run for their Congressional seat. Held by outgoing Congressman Rick Renzi, there are three Democrats and two Republicans vying for their party's favor. All are profiled in this edition of the Roundup.

A number of county offices will appear on the Sept. 2 ballot (and in the Nov. 4 General Election): supervisor, Dist. 1, 2 and 3; attorney; sheriff; treasurer; school superintendent; recorder; assessor and Division 1 Superior Court judge. However not all offices are being contested and some have only individual candidates seeking nomination on the Primary ballot.

At the state level, with the death of Senator Jake Flake, area Republicans are being asked to give a nod to appointed replacement, Sylvia Allen. For the Dist. 5 Representative seats, there are three choices, incumbent Representative Bill Konopnicki, Barbara Brewer and a write-in candidate Delbert D. Lambson.

Democrats have a write-in candidate for the Dist. 5 senate seat, Bill Jeffers. For the house the choices are incumbent Jack Brown and a write-in David Rodriguez.

There are a lot of names for a lot of offices. Take some time this long weekend and study the information booklet the Secretary of State mailed out several weeks ago, or go online and do some Web surfing. Both the Democrats and Republicans have party offices in Payson. Stop by and pick up the information available on the candidates.

Make an effort to inform yourself and get to the polls on Tuesday -- they will be open all day and into the evening.

To make use of that voter registration, residents must provide specific identification before being allowed to cast a ballot.

Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. The voter must give their name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification that bears the name, address, and photograph of the elector OR two different forms of identification that bear the name and address of the elector.

Following is a list of acceptable forms of identification:

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona nonoperating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification

An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Acceptable forms of identification without a photograph that bear the name and address of the elector (two required)

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within ninety days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within ninety days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the county recorder

An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Your vote is your voice. Use it.

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