Prescott voters should have ballots by today

29,008 ballots were mailed out Aug. 7

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THE VOTE ...

Only votes by mail or those dropped off will be counted. No voting centers.

Get a replacement ballot by calling 928-771-3248.

Voting ends Aug. 29.

Voters are electing a mayor and three council members.

They are also voting on two propositions:

Prop. 442: Home rule, authorizing city to determine its own budget.

Prop. 443: Increasing the sales tax .75 percent to pay down the city’s Public Service Personnel Retirement System debt.

Prescott’s nearly 30,000 registered voters should all have received their city primary ballots by today, Aug. 14.

And if they haven’t, the county’s Elections and Voter Registration Department would like to hear about it.

Yavapai County Registrar of Voters Laurin Custis reported Aug. 11 that 29,008 ballots were mailed to the city’s registered voters on Aug. 7.

Noting that ballots typically take a few days to reach all of the voters, Custis said, “If they haven’t received their ballots by Monday, they should call our office (at 928-771-3248).”

Already by Aug. 11, Custis said the department had received several hundred completed ballots, and 59 of those had been processed.

Voters have until 7 p.m. on Aug. 29, the city’s primary date, to return their ballots. Custis says her office advises that if voters intend to mail their ballots in, they should do so at least six days before Aug. 29 to ensure arrival before the deadline.

For those who do not make that cut-off, Custis suggests using the county’s drop box, which is located outside the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St. A drop box is also available inside Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St. — accessible during business hours.

Custis added that the last day to request a ballot by mail is Aug. 18, and voters also can visit the voter registration office at 1015 Fair St.

The city’s primary ballot includes a choice of three mayoral candidates — Mary Beth Hrin, Greg Mengarelli, and Jean Wilcox — as well as six council candidates — Steve Blair, Connie Cantelme, Phil Goode, Greg Lazzell, Alexa Scholl, and Joe Viccica.

Prescott’s current mayor, Harry Oberg, announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking another term.

Council seats currently held by Wilcox, Blair, and Lazzell are all up for election. The mayor’s term is for two years, while the council terms run four years.

Candidates receiving at least 50 percent of the vote plus one will be elected outright in the primary. A run-off is set for the Nov. 7 general election for any positions that are not filled in the primary.

The two top vote-getters for each unfilled position advance to the run-off.

Also on the ballot is Proposition 443, the city’s ballot measure asking voters for a 0.75-percent sales tax increase to help pay down Prescott’s more than $78 million unfunded liability with the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).