Tempe News: First-Time Voter? Veteran Offers Election-Day Lowdown

By Paula Hassler

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

Last February, we had a presidential

I preference election open to registered political-party members. This time voters with no party affiliation will be participating by choosing either a Democratic, 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 political messages in full view, but they can't speak out about anything political. Of course, we poll workers must maintain 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 details.

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 signatures) 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 Nov. 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.

Paula Hassler, is a Tempe resident and volunteer on a Tempe election board