Voter Registration offers election information

KINGMAN - Sept. 11 is the day of a special election regarding Golden Valley incorporation.

County election officials recommend residents who are unsure about their eligibility to vote in that election should follow the traditional advice: When in doubt, check it out.

"Golden Valley Incorporation will be the only item on the ballot," said Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert.

He said his office has released the legal description of the area for residents who are eligilbel to cast a vote.

"That description is hard for anyone to understand," he said.

The best way to know if you are eligible to vote in that election is to call Mohave County Voter Registration and ask if you live within the boundaries.

"Tell them your address and they will let you know if you live within the proposed city limits. And, if you don't know, they will tell you which precinct voting site you will go to on Election Day."

Voter Registration Administrative Supervisor Kim Stewart said some incorrect election information has been circulated within the Golden Valley area.

"One flyer tells voters that they can vote at any polling place," Stewart said. "This is untrue. Everyone has an assigned precinct polling place and, if voters do not know their site, we can tell them."

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the following polling locations for the Golden Valley incorporation election:

• Precinct 4 - Chloride Town Hall, 4990 E. Payroll Ave.

• Precinct 10 - Golden Paradise Land Owners Hall, 5505 W. Highway 68.

• Precinct 46 - Golden Valley Baptist Church, 100 S. Higley Road.

• Precinct 50 - Golden Valley Assembly of God, 3355 N. Magma Road.

• And Precinct 60 - Black Mountain Elementary School, 3404 Santa Maria Road.

Another problem Golden Valley residents may run into is with the identification requirements mandated by state law.

"Not too long ago, the Golden Valley Maverick station closed down the post office boxes where many residents received their mail," Tempert said. "Some of the residents whose mailing addresses have changed have called and made this correction with Voter Registration. They will also need to have identification when they go to the polls which will match the address they have listed with Voter registration. Otherwise they will have to vote a provisional ballot.

"If they bring no identification to the polls, they will be able to vote a provisional ballot but will have to provide sufficient identification to Voter Registration within three business days in order for their ballot to count."

The legal voter identification requirements are:

• A voter must show one identification card that includes a photo, name and address. The name and address must be the same as is listed with Voter Registration. This can be a valid Arizona driver's license; a valid Arizona non-operating identification license; a tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; or a valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification.

• An individual who does not have a photo ID can still vote if he or she has two of the following items with the voter's name and address that corresponds with what is on file at Voter Registration: a utility bill of the voter dated within 90 days of the date of the election; a bank or credit union statement dated within 90 days of the election; a valid Arizona vehicle registration; an Indian census card; a property tax statement; a tribal enrollment or identity card; a vehicle insurance card; a Recorder's certificate; a valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification including a Voter Registration card.

These two forms of identification cannot be of the same type, such as two gas bills. One could use a gas bill and an electric bill or a vehicle registration and a phone bill or another combination.

"A driver's license is obviously the best identification one can have," Elections Department Voter Outreach Coordinator Betty Vernon said. "If you need to update your driver's license address to match what you have at Voter Registration, you can do that at the Department of Motor Vehicles or via the MVD's Web site. It only costs $4 and, if you do it on the Web site, you can receive your new license within 10 days. At the DMV office, you can get it immediately."

"If there is any question as to whether your identification materials have the same address on them as your Voter Registration record, you should call Voter Registration and ask," Tempert said. "If you are unregistered, however, it is too late to register to vote in the Golden Valley Incorporation election."

Early voting is available through Sept. 7 at the Mohave County Administration Building, County Recorder's Office, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"This is available through the last Friday before Election Day," Stewart said. "Anyone who lives within the incorporation boundaries can come in and vote early through that date. Each individual can also call us and request a(n absentee) ballot be mailed to him or her. In fact, county residents can write us a letter and become permanent absentee voters."

For more information regarding the Golden Valley Incorporation election, call Voter Registration at 753-0767.