Friday is last day to ask for absentee ballot in special election

GOLDEN VALLEY - Friday is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for the Sept. 11 election that will determine whether Golden Valley will incorporate to become only the fifth incorporated community in the nation's fifth-largest county land-wise.

The other four are the cities of Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and the town of Colorado City.

Having an address along the boundary roads isn't enough to qualify a voter in this election.

The only ones who will be voting on Sept. 11 are those whose primary residence is inside the boundaries, as described by the Voter Registration office, and who were registered before Aug. 13.

The boundaries run roughly from the corner of Adobe Road and Shinarump Drive on the south, then west to the corner of Shinarump and Egar Road, then north to Carmen Road, then east to U.S. 93, south along Route 93 to Chinle Road, west to Adobe Road and south to the corner of Shinarump and Adobe.

The deadline for asking the Voter Registration office for an absentee ballot is Aug. 31.

Those ballots must be returned to the Voter Registration office by 5 p.m. on election night, or they can be turned in at any of the polling places the day of the election.

Voters still can cast early ballots until Sept. 7, the Friday before the special election.

To vote early, qualified registered voters can go the Voter Registration office in the county administration building at 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman and ask for an early ballot.

They will vote then and there, so they will need their voter registration card and a photo ID.

Voters must cast their ballots in the precinct where they reside. If they have any questions about their precinct or where to go to vote, they can call the Voter Registration office at 753-0767.

Those who plan to vote should take their voter registration cards and photo identification to the polls.

The elections department and Voter Registration office will set up a big-screen television on the first floor at the county administration building on Sept. 11.

Starting at 5 p.m., the public and media are welcome to come and watch the ballots being counted and updated as the action occurs.

Those with home computers have the option of watching the ballot counting at the county Elections Department Web site, www.co.mohave.az.us.

The same Web site offers instruction on using the new electronic voting machines. The elections office will test the machines at 9 a.m. on Friday.