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11/6/2012 6:01:00 AM
It's time - finally - to vote
Polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; remember to bring a photo ID
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.
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.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

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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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Guess this proves the right wing pundits on fox & friends have no real mojo, I mean Rush Limbaugh tried every begging trick in the book during 2008, 2012 and still they lost, fact is 32% of the national electorate is republican, 42% is democrat remainder independent, minority party, hence this mythical conservative right wing majority is non-existent, its all in their minds and their right wing talking heads on radio and television! Reality is neither party is majority, we are a tri-divided electorate basically!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Donnae Ellis

Really?? Page 7? Talk about Sore losers. If Romney had won it would be front page news. See of this gets posted.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Either Way it goes, good luck on that one! The birthers, tea partiers/teapublicans will only dobule down, but the ironic thing is logical folks will re-evaluate wonder why the election ended the way it did and change tactics, the birthers and teapublicans might one day end up all that is left in the GOP! The Whig Party in history also went through a my way or the highway moment and then went the way of the dinosaur!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Kingman

President Obama is the clear winner by a large electoral margin.

Even tho none of our votes really mattered due to the electoral college.

303 Obama
203 Romney.

Now we can proceed with efforts to get America's congress to do as they should.

Work together and stop robbing the public. They are the root of America's problems and work hard to provide no solutions for their incompetence.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: time for sour grapes

9:30 and Obama's been announced winner.

mmmm....too bad so sad for all those swearing he would lose.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Finally ....

OK, this stuff is finally getting to the END..... so what happened to the voter booklets that were to be sent/delivered to ALL individuals??? I never received anything via postal service.. but I am an informed voter who has access to computer to try to verify whatever is on the ballots......... many do not. So where is the communication?

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

either way.

yes....too much to ask. and if you dont like the comments, why wouldnt you just stop scrolling down once the article youre reading ends?

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Either Way it goes
Did you see pigs growing wings somewhere? Or monkeys flying out of someones jeans? Because that's when the comments will won't slow down until at least mid-Feb or so. No matter who wins, you will have gloaters on one side and fraud screamers on the other. This will continue at least until the inauguration and for a few weeks after. Of course, the "true believers" will continue for the next 2 years, with the less vocal stepping aside, then it will all start over again when the candidates start to announce. In the mean time you will get to read all the wonderful comments about every bill or decision made by the newly elected or re-elected at both the State and Federal level.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Either Way it goes

All I want from this election is this. No matter who wins. I would love to see everyone thats been writing books in the comment sections take a couple days off. Please for the love of everything sane.

Give everyone a couple days to decompress and actually enjoy reading the paper.

Probably way to much to ask ?

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