Originally Published: April 23, 2012 9:56 p.m.
Are you a registered Democrat, Libertarian or Green party member? If so, the 2012 election cycle should be of interest to you. In Yavapai County, the only contested campaigns for any seat in the primary election, Aug. 28, are among Republicans. In fact, there are a total of 38 interested candidates for the five Supervisor Districts and only four of them are other than Republican. Similar situations exist for all of the offices in the state's Aug. 28 primary.
What does this mean to you? In Arizona we have a primary system which allows non-party affiliated voters to request one party's ballot in the primary election, but the voter must not be registered in any political party at the time of the election and they can only vote in one party's primary. With a situation like the one that is developing for this year's election, the only way for non-Republican voters to have any meaningful say in the election is for them to register independent and vote in the Republican primary. If you do not do this, many elections will be decided in August and you will never have a chance to have your vote counted - especially in the local elections. And if you are supporting a particular Democrat or independent candidate, you will still be able to vote for them in November.
This is what you need to do in order to change your registration for the primary. Re-register as an independent or "other" with the county no later than July 30, and then on Election Day go to your polling place and request a Republican ballot. You will need to bring your new voter registration card (or receipt), and your driver's license. Make your voice heard in this election!