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It's time - finally - to vote

U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, right, and Jeff Flake and U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl held a meet and greet/rally at the Elk’s Lodge Monday morning before the Kingman Republican Women’s meeting. Kyl is not seeking re-election and Flake is running for his seat.

Polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; remember to bring a photo ID

One of the closest presidential elections in 12 years will be decided tonight. It is also the first time in nearly 20 years that the voters of Mohave County will elect a five-member Board of Supervisors.

But first people have to get to the polls.

Arizona polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. today. Any qualified voter standing in line after 7 p.m. will be able to vote.

The real race for a seat on the Board of Supervisors is in the two new districts. In District 4 five candidates are running including Republican Joy Brotherton, Democrat Norty Turchen and three independents - Elizabeth Albright, James Clark and John Ford.

In District 5, three candidates are running for office: Republican Steven Moss, Democrat Hilary Williams and independent Chuck Denney.

There are only two candidates running for the Board of Supervisors District 1 seat - incumbent Gary Watson, a Republican and Democratic challenger Janice Palmer.

Hildy Anigus is running unopposed for the District 2 Supervisors seat and Buster Johnson is running unopposed for the District 3 seat.

Also on the ballot and running unopposed for office are County Attorney Matt Smith, Sheriff Tom Sheahan, newcomer Cindy Landa Cox for treasurer, Recorder Carol Meier, Superintendent Mike File, Assessor Ron Nicholson, Superior Court Judge Rick Williams and North Canyon Justice Court Judge Barbara Brown.

Voters will also be choosing new Arizona and U.S. legislators to represent them.

Mohave County voters have three candidates to choose from for the county's two seats in the Arizona House of Representatives - Democrat Pamela Durbin and Republicans Doris Goodale, an incumbent, and Sonny Borrelli.

Voters will also have a choice of three candidates for the one U.S. House of Representatives seat that represents Mohave County - Republican Paul Gosar, Democrat Johnnie Robinson and Americans Elect candidate Richard Grayson.

On the ballot to represent Mohave County in the Arizona Senate are Republican Kelli Ward and Democrat Beth Weisser.

Voters will also chose one of three candidates to represent them in the U.S. Senate. The candidates are: Republican Jeff Flake, Democrat Richard Carmona and Libertarian Sheila Bileyu.

Arizona voters will also chose three new commissioners for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Candidates for the three seats include: Republicans Susan Bitter Smith, incumbent Bob Burns and incumbent Bob Stump, and Democrats Marcia Busching, incumbent Sandra Kennedy and incumbent Paul Newman.

Arizona voters will also be faced with a list of nine ballot propositions.

The most controversial is Proposition 120, which would allow the state to declare sovereignty over all land within its borders except for military bases and Indian reservations.

Another controversial proposition is 121, which would change Arizona's primary system to a top-two system. Voters would be able to vote for any candidate, regardless of party, and the two candidates that got the most votes for an office would move on to the general election.

Proposition 204 has also drawn a lot of attention. It would make the one-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2010 permanent and use the money collected to fund education and infrastructure improvements.

Proposition 114 would change the state constitution to prevent crime victims from being sued by the person who committed the crime against them.

Proposition 115 would change how judges are selected for county superior courts and state appellate courts. It would also increase the length of office for a judge in these courts from four to eight years.

Proposition 116 would change how taxes levied on business equipment are calculated.

Proposition 117 would cap the annual increase in assessed value on property at 5 percent, starting in 2015.

Proposition 118 would change how money collected through the sale of state lands is distributed to state schools until 2021.

Proposition 119 would allow Arizona to exchange state land for private or federal land in order to protect a military base or increase the value of state lands.

More information on the state propositions can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State's website.

There is also one proposition on the ballot from Mohave County. It would enact tougher standards on animal kennels and sanctuaries.

Voters are also reminded to bring a photo ID with their address or two forms of identification that have your name and address on it.


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