Voter Registration Ends July 30

Early voting ballots will be available August 1

Apache Junction, along with other municipalities across the state, are holding primary elections on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. There will also be a general election on November 6, 2018, for Arizona state and possible local runoff elections.

The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is Monday, July 30, 2018.

If you are a U.S. citizen and will be 18 years or older on August 28, you are eligible to register and vote in the primary election.

You can pick up a voter registration form at most city, county and state offices or libraries. The Recorder’s Office will mail you a form if you call and request it at 520-509-3555. You can also go online to the EZ Voter Registration page https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter to complete a form electronically.

In Apache Junction, elections to city offices are non-partisan, so all residents can vote in the primary regardless of party affiliation.

There are two candidates for Mayor: incumbent Jeff Serdy and Councilman Dave Waldron. Vying for three open City Council seats are incumbents Gail Evans and Christa Rizzi ,along with challengers Robert Schroeder and Walker Waldie.

A candidate forum and debate is being planned for Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Roadhaven Resort, 1000 S. Idaho Rd. in Apache Junction. All six candidates have been invited to participate.

Also on the ballot for Apache Junction voters is Proposition 423, which asks residents if they do or do not approve a permanent base adjustment budget. If approved, the new adjustment would be $5.5 million and the city’s budget could rise as high as $93 million. The city would use the increase to possibly fund water, sewer, trash or transit services. The change would not raise taxes or fees. Arguments for and against the proposed base adjustment will be mailed to registered voters.

Since Apache Junction voters may reside in either Pinal or Maricopa Counties, your voting materials will be available from one or the other county office.

Early voting ballots for the primary election will be available on August 1, 2018, through the Pinal County Recorder’s Office for city voters residing in Pinal County and through the Maricopa County Elections Department for city voters residing in Maricopa County.

Early voting is open to all qualified city voters. It can be done directly at early voting locations in Pinal County for city voters residing in Pinal County. City voters residing in Maricopa County may vote at Maricopa County early voting locations. Any city voter may vote by mail.

To receive an early ballot by mail, city voters residing in Pinal County may contact the Pinal County Recorder’s Office by mail at P.O. Box 848, Florence, AZ 85232; by telephone at 520-866-6853; or the Contact Center at 520-609-3555; or by going on their website at www.pinalcountyaz.gov, clicking on the Recorder Department, then Early Voting Information. City voters residing in Maricopa County may contact the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office by mail at Maricopa County Elections Department, 510 S. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003; by telephone at 602-506-1511 or 602-506-2348 (TDD); or by going to their website at www.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx. The deadline to request a mailed early ballot is August 17, 2018.

City voters residing in Pinal County may also vote in person at the Apache Junction branch of the Pinal County Recorder’s Office located in the County Complex at 575 N. Idaho Road, Suite 800, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. City voters residing in Maricopa County may also vote in person in Maricopa County at early voting locations posted on http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/evlocations.aspx.

Consider waiting to cast an early ballot until after you have had a chance to meet the candidates at forums or read their profiles in the newspaper.

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