Elections, Voter Registration offer incorporation election how-tos

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Mohave County Elections Department has released information for those who want to vote in the Sept. 11 special election to determine whether the community of Golden Valley will incorporate to become the city of Golden Valley.

Those eligible to cast a vote must live inside the area proposed for incorporation. Those boundaries are 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.

Those with addresses along the boundary roads don't necessarily qualify to vote. Only those living inside the boundaries can cast their ballots.

The legal description provided by the Elections Department is: Beginning at the northwest corner of Section 34-T23NR19W, then east to point of intersection of north line of right-of-way of U. S. Route 93 of Section 32-T23N-R18W, then following the right-of-way of Route 93 to the north line of Section 26-T22N-R18W, then west to the northwest corner of Section 27-T22 N-R18W, then south to the southwest corner of Section 34-T21N-R18W, then west to the southwest corner of Section 34-T21N-R19W, then north to the beginning point at the northwest corner of Section 34-T23N-R19W.

Betty Vernon at the Mohave County Elections Department said there are five polling places, one for each of the precincts involved in the proposed incorporation. All but one are right in Golden Valley.

The polling places are:

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

• Precinct 10 - Golden Paradise Landowners Hall, 5505 W. Hwy 68 (at the corner of Verde Road), Golden Valley.

• Precinct 46 - Golden Valley Baptist Church, 100 S. Higley Road (at the Highway 68 intersection), Golden Valley.

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

• Precinct 60 - Black Mountain Elementary School, 3404 Santa Maria Road along Highway 68), Golden Valley.

Erma Allen at the Mohave County Voters Registration office said voters must cast their ballots in the precinct where they reside. If they are unsure where to vote they can call the Voter Registration office at 753-0767.

Aug. 13 is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 11 special election. Those wishing to register or who need to change an address or other information can do so by visiting the Voter Registration office at 700 W. Beale St., Kingman, or Tacky Stuf 4 Horses in Dolan Springs on any Saturday.

Or they can register on the Internet at servicearizona.com or www.azsos.gov/election/voterregistration.htm.

Early voting begins on Aug. 16, a date set by the Secretary of State. To cast an early ballot, voters must go to the Voter Registration office and request an early ballot. They will cast their ballots at that time and they should bring their Voter Registration card and a photo ID. Early voting ends on Sept. 7, the Friday before the Sept. 11 election.

"If they come in on Sept. 10 and ask for an early ballot, it's too late," Allen said.

The Voter Registration office will start mailing absentee ballots on Aug. 16 to those who request them. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Aug. 31. The absentee 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.

Vernon said the elections department and Voter Registration office will set up a big-screen television on the first floor at the county administration building where those offices are located on the evening of Sept. 11. The public and media are welcome to come and watch the ballots being counted, starting at 5 p.m.

"We always set it up, but hardly anyone ever comes," she said. "It would be nice to have a big crowd that night." Election results also are available 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.