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Vote on Cordes Lakes incorporation coming soon

PRESCOTT - Early voting starts April 17 for May 20 elections at Sedona, Jerome, Congress and Cordes Lakes. April 21 is the last day to register to vote.

Voters in Cordes Lakes may vote by mail or at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Sedona, Jerome and Congress elections are vote-by-mail elections and will not have polling places.

Yavapai County's new voting precinct boundaries that became effective March 1 do not affect the May elections, said Lynn Constabile, Yavapai County elections director.

"Cordes Lakes is the only May 20 election that will have a polling place, and that location has not changed," she said. "The other three elections are by mail-in voting."

Instead of mailing their ballots, voters in Sedona and Jerome may drop-off ballots at their respective town or city clerk's office. Voters in all four communities also may drop-off ballots at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St., in Prescott.

On May 20, Cordes Lakes residents will decide whether they want to incorporate as a town or remain unincorporated as a community.

Sedona residents will elect a mayor; Jerome residents will elect two council members; and Congress voters will elect three governing board members for the Congress Domestic Water Improvement District.

Constabile said that voters could request early ballots by calling voter registration at (928) 771-3248, or by mailing a request to the county administration building.

A list of special services for residents confined to nursing or assisted living homes is available on the county website at www.co.yavapai.az.us. Click "Elections" and FAQs.

"Voters must re-register if they changed their name, if they moved or changed their mailing address, and if they changed their party affiliation," Constabile said. "Residents must be registered or have submitted any changes by April 21 for the May 20 elections."

The elections staff mails a voter registration card to each registered voter, Constabile said.

Cordes Lakes residents voting at the community center must provide either one form of photo identification or two forms of identification bearing the voter's name and address. Acceptable forms of photo identification include an Arizona driver's license, non-operating identification license, tribal identification card and government-issued forms of identification.

Other forms of acceptable identification at polling locations and identification procedures are available on the county website.

"When a voter shows up without the proper identification, or they changed their name or address and they did not re-register, then the poll workers must issue a provisional ballot," Constabile said.

"People are not normally refused a ballot at the polling place," Karen McCracken, registrar of voters, said. "They are allowed to vote, but if there is a problem with their identification or their address, then a provisional ballot is the way they will have to vote."

A provisional ballot does not count until the person provides legal identification to the county recorder's office within three days after the election. Voters taking their ballots to a designated drop-off location do not have to show identification.

For more information about elections and voting procedures, visit www.co.yavapai.az.us, or call (928) 771-3250 ext. 3248.

Contact the reporter at bcolbert@prescottaz.com

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