Polling Changes for Feb. 28 Presidential Preference Election

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Only voters registered with the Republican party or Green party are eligible to vote in the Feb. 28 Presidential Preference Election (PPE).

Recognized political parties are given the option to participate in a Presidential Preference Election and only the Republicans and Green parties selected to participate for 2012. If a voter wishes to register to vote or change party affiliation they must do so by Jan. 30.

Voters who are registered to vote as Democrats, Libertarians, non-partisans, independents or any other political party are NOT eligible to vote in the PPE. The reason being is that this “preference” election is being conducted by political party rules.

However, all voters no matter what party preference they are registered with, will be eligible to participate in the Aug. 28 Primary Election.

Per state statute for this election, the county is required to consolidate precincts except on reservation land. Based on that, Coconino County Elections has taken 85 precincts and consolidated into 26 polling districts.

Each household with a registered Republican or Green Party voter will be mailed a sample ballot that lists the name and polling place address for this election. Sample ballots should arrive about 30 days prior to the election.

In addition, as provided by ARS (16- 248A) voting precincts containing 300 or less registered voters will be conducted as mail ballot precincts. That means a ballot will automatically be mailed to every eligible registered Republican and Green Party voter in those precincts and there will be no polling place on election day. The following 23 precincts will be conducted as all mail ballot precincts; Bellemont, Parks, Ranches, Blue Ridge, Forest Lakes, Mormon Lake, Meteor, Winona, Kiva, Fort Tuthill, Kachina Village, Pinewood, Fort Valley, Fredonia, North Rim, Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon, Tusayan, Kaibab North, Havasupai, Paiute, Sedona North and Sedona South.

Republican and Green Party voters who currently have signed up to be on the Permanent Early Voting list (PEVL) will automatically be mailed a ballot on February 2.

Republican and Green Party voters that live in precincts that will be voting at a polling place but are not on the PEVL listing can still vote an early ballot by either calling the Elections Office at 928-689-7860 or toll free 800-793-6181; send a written request to Coconino County Elections, 110 E. Cherry, Flagstaff, AZ 86001; or submit an on-line request at www.coconino.az.gov/elections and click on “Request Early Ballot.”

Republican and Green Party voters may also vote an early ballot in person at early voting locations throughout the County. The following early voting locations are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, unless noted differently, at the following locations:

Coconino County Elections Office – 110 E. Cherry (first floor), Flagstaff
Ferdonia Town Office – 25 N. Main Street, Ferdonia
Page City Hall – 697 Vista Avenue, Page
Tuba City Elections Office – Tuba City Library – Basement
Williams City Hall – 113 S. First Street, Williams. (Monday through Thursday only)