KINGMAN - Voters go to the polls today to decide who will represent their interests in Congress, the Arizona Legislature, on the Superior Court bench and in a number of state offices.
There are already indications that today's election may have a significant turnout in Mohave County according to Mohave County Voter Registration Supervisor Kim Stewart.
"Maybe not as strong as in 2006 or during a presidential election, but I think this will be one of the better gubernatorial elections," she said. Stewart's office mailed out 17,250 early ballots and has already received 12,000 back.
The Arizona Secretary of State's Office is also predicting a high voter turnout. More than 44,000 residents have registered to vote in Arizona since July, according to the secretary of state, increasing the number of registered voters in Arizona to more than 3.14 million.
Mohave County had an increase of more than 2,000 voters since the August primary.
The largest increase was in voters registering as Independents. The state saw an increase of 29,000 residents registering as Independents. According to the Secretary of State's Office, there are now 982,000 voters registered as Independents in the state. Mohave County saw an increase of more than 1,000 voters register as Independents for today's election.
The two main political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, also saw an increase in registration numbers. Approximately 12,000 new voters were added to the Republican Party and 1,700 registered as Democrats. There are now more than 1.1 million registered Republicans and more than 1 million registered Democrats in the state. Mohave County saw an increase of nearly 900 voters register as Republicans, while the Democrats lost 28 registered voters.
The state had a 30 percent voter turnout rate for the August primary election, the highest for a primary in two decades, according to the Secretary of State's Office. The office is predicting a 60 to 65 percent turnout for today's election.
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. today. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office all registered voters in line at 7 p.m. will get a chance to vote. All ballots, including mail-in early ballots are due in to the Mohave County Elections Office by 7 p.m. today. Early ballots can be dropped off at any polling place.
The Secretary of State's Office reminds voters that they still need to bring a photo ID to the polls in order to vote. A photo ID can be a driver's license, a state ID card, a tribal ID card or a military ID, as long as the card has a photo, name and the address of the voter printed on it.
If a voter does not have a photo ID with them, they must bring two items with their name and current address on them to the poll. Acceptable items include utility bills that are dated within 90 days of the election, a bank or credit union statement dated within 90 days of the election, a valid vehicle registration or insurance card, a property tax statement, a Recorder's Office voter registration certificate, or any mailing marked "Official Election Material."
The Secretary of State's Office will provide up-to-date election results on its website, www.azsos.gov, starting at 8 p.m. today.
For more information on voter registration or to locate your polling place, contact Mohave County Voter Registration at (928) 753-0767 or visit www.azsos.gov.