Arizona Advocacy Network

Government of, by and for the People

Submitted by Paula Hassler, a Tempe
r
esident and volunteer on a Tempe elec-
tion board.

I've been serving on election boards
for years, and I'd like to share some
thoughts about 'Tuesday's primary elec-
tion. In my required training class, I
learned about a few interesting new de-
velopments this time around.

Last February, we had a presidential

I preference election open to registered
political-party members. This time vot-
ers with no party affiliation will be par-
ticipating by choosing either a Demo-
cratic, Republican, Green or Americans
Elect ballot. So, independents, start
studying up -.

Our instruction manual says, "Voters
can wear campaign materials, but are
not allowed to verbally campaign within
the 75-foot limit." This means that voters
can come in wearing T-shirts, hats,
capes, pins, banners or ribbons with po-
litical messages in full view -. but they
can't speak out about anything political.
Of course, we poll workers must main-
tain absolute neutrality iq apparel, word
and deed.

As always, the polls open at 6 a.m,
sharp and close at 7 p.m. Make sure you


 

know where your polling place is, as
these locations get changed. If you are in
doubt, call the magic number at the end .

of this article.                                        .

It's a good idea to have your current
driver's license in hand, ready to show as
you enter the polling place. If somehow
you don't have that important piece of
photo identification, bring in two billings
from separate utilities with your name
and address showing. Again, call the
magic phone number below for more de-
tails.

Early voting is a wonderful thing. You
can vote at home and simply mail it in.
You can also drop that ballot off at any
polling location on Election Day.

Don't believe rumors: Early ballots
(signed and dated with verified signa-
tures) are definitely counted. And don't
toss that early ballot if you decide at the
last minute you want to vote in person.
Just bring it with you, as each ballot has
to be accounted for.

Keep in mind the ov. 6 presidential
election is not far off, and more board
workers will be needed then. It's a great
way to express your civic duty, and you
get paid, too.

So if there are questions about any of
the above, call 602-506-1511.