Six vie today for three spots on Council

Primary election may or may not whittle down field for May 18 general election

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KINGMAN - It's Election Day in Kingman, with voters taking to the polls to decide which of the six candidates they'd like to see occupy the three pending vacancies on City Council.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, with voters selecting their top three choices for Council from among incumbents Ray Lyons and Janet Watson, newcomers Allen Mossberg, Erin Cochran and Richard Anderson, and write-in candidate Jason Marino.

Since today's election is only a primary, however, only candidates who receive votes from more than half the ballots cast will win a seat outright, with the remaining seats to be decided in the general election set for May 18. Several candidates have won seats outright in the last several Council elections, including Watson and Kerry Deering in 2006 and Robin Gordon and Mayor John Salem in 2008.

In the event that no seats are won outright, however, then all six ballot candidates can go on to the general election, though as a write-in, Marino must secure at least 216 votes to qualify. Whoever does win the election will assume office at the June 7 Council meeting, following the canvassing of votes.

Polling places remain much the same as they were in 2008, with one exception. Voters living in precincts 17 (Southwest Kingman) and 18 (Beale) will no longer vote at the Oak Street Baptist Church. Instead, their polling place has been moved to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 302 E. Spring St.

Other polling places include:

• Precincts 38 (Fairgrounds) and 58 (Broadway): Church of Christ, 1915 Robinson Ave.

• Precincts 15 (Hualapai), 19 (East Kingman) and 20 (Southern): Moose Lodge, 302 Monroe St.

• Precincts 16 (North Kingman), 51 (Mountainview) and 22 (Logasville): St. Johns United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave.

• Precincts 6 (Country Club) and 14 (Hilltop): First Assembly of God, 1850 Gates Ave.

• Precinct 62 (Camelback): Church of the Nazarene, 4715 Stockton Hill Road.

Those voters who aren't sure where their polling place is can call the Mohave County Voter Registration Office at (928) 753-0767. Voters must present either one valid form of photo ID such as a driver's or non-operator's license, or two forms of ID bearing both name and address, such as an Arizona vehicle registration, recent utility bill or bank statement, property tax statement or voter registration card.

For a full list of valid identification, visit http://www.azsos.gov/election/prop_200/poll_identification.htm.