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Friday is last day to ask for early ballots

PRESCOTT - Residents who want an early ballot for the Nov. 4 general election mailed to their homes have until Friday to request it from the Yavapai County Elections Department. The last day for residents to vote early in person is 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

"Voters that want an early ballot can call us on the telephone or request a ballot from the Yavapai County website," Karen McCracken, registrar of voters, said.

Voters who want to request a ballot by telephone should call, 928-771-3248, before 5 p.m. Friday. Online ballots are available at www.co.yavapai.az.us under "Elections and Voting." The deadline to submit online requests is 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Voters that are homebound or living in long-term care and assisted living residences may request voting assistance by calling the elections department before 5 p.m. Friday.

As of Tuesday, about 119,000 county residents

are registered to vote. The elections department mailed early ballots to about 56,000 voters, or nearly half of all registered voters. About 20,000 residents already have voted.

Early voters may deliver their ballots to the county offices located at 1015 Fair St., Prescott, or 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood. Drop-off boxes are located at the Prescott and Cottonwood county offices, town halls at Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey-Humboldt and Camp Verde, Sedona City Hall and the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Community Center.

"Early ballots for the general election must be physically received by 7 p.m. Nov. 4," Elections Director Lynn Constabile said. Her office will not count a ballot it receives after that time, even if it is postmarked earlier, she said.

"You must be sure that you have signed the affidavit envelope that comes with your ballot," County Recorder Ana Wayman-Trujillo said.

The elections department is mailing sample ballots to every registered voter's residence. Sample ballots include candidates, propositions and initiatives.

Voters may view the statewide candidate list by visiting www.azcleanelections.gov. Information about statewide propositions and initiatives is available at www.azsos.gov.

The sample ballots the elections department is mailing to homes has information on county propositions and initiatives.

Wayman-Trujillo said that residents who register to vote with organizations such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) should be sure to keep their white registration receipt.

"We have not heard of any problems with ACORN, but voters should be wary of signing with voter registration groups," she said. "If there is a problem and you have your white receipt, we (elections department) might still be able to get you registered in time."

Persons that would like to work as a volunteer at a polling place Nov. 4 may call the elections office at 928-771-3248.

The county elections department and recorder's office are taking extreme measures to prevent long lines at polling places on election day, Wayman-Trujillo said.

"But a lot of people are voting so get there as early as you can," she said.

Detailed information about voter registration and the election is available on the Yavapai County website at www.co.yavapai.az.us,

or by calling the elections department at 771-3248.

Contact the reporter at bcolbert@prescottaz.com