The Rim Country Republicans and Greens straw poll will occur Feb. 28.
Gila County Supervisors accepted the governor’s proclamation to hold the Presidential Preference Election at a recent county meeting.
Presidential elections determine which candidate their state’s delegates support at the Republican and Green conventions.
“The public believes this is a primary,” said Linda Eastlick, county director of elections. “The primary isn’t until August.” Eastlick said this is a closed election where only registered voters of the running parties can participate.
Since there are fewer people eligible to vote in an election this specialized, fewer precincts will be open. Due to the number of registered voters in Gila County, the county will have one polling place open for every 2,000 registered voters. The county plans to consolidate some precincts into one polling location.
In Payson, precincts one, two, and six will vote at St. Philip’s Catholic Church. Precincts three, seven, and eight will vote at the Payson Public Library. The Best Western Payson Inn will host precincts four and five.
Star Valley and Pine will have their regular polling places open.
In districts with less than 300 registered voters, no polling place will open.
The election will run through the mail. However, voters can drop off their ballots at designated ballot drop-off locations from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. the day of the election.
In northern Gila County, ballot drop-off locations are at the Whispering Pines Fire Station and the Roosevelt Baptist Church.
Contact the County Department of Elections at (928) 402-8709 for information.