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Thu, Nov. 21

Voters go to the polls Tuesday – if they have not already voted

Mohave County voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect candidates for Superior Court judges and other county offices and help pick those running for the state Legislature, the U.S.

House of Representatives and statewide offices.

The primary election polls open at 6 a.m.

and close at 7 p.m.

Because of Arizona's open primary law, all voters can vote in the primary election.

Voters not registered as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian may ask for the party ballot of their choice when they go to vote.

Thousands of voters got a jump-start by casting early ballots.

Early voting started Aug.

8, and participants who do not vote in a polling site or mail ballots by today may turn in their completed ballots at polling sites Tuesday before the polls close.

About 5,500 county residents cast early ballots as of Thursday morning, voter registration supervisor Terry Kemp said.

"That figure is a ballpark," he said.

"We got another 300 or so (ballots) in the mail (Thursday)."

A total of 85,410 county residents are eligible to vote in the primary, including 77,897 on the active rolls.

Voters go to the inactive rolls if they have not voted in the past two elections.

Voter turnout historically has been low, and County Recorder Joan McCall said she would be surprised if 25 percent of the voters participated.

"I don't think it will be very high," she said.

"We sent a lot of absentee ballots back, which is good except we have around 2,000 that we have not received back yet.

I hope I am totally wrong" about turnout.

Arizona voters are entitled by state law to leave their worksites to vote fewer than three consecutive hours after the polls open and their work shift starts and the same time frame before the polls close and the work shift ends.

An employer who refuses the employee the right to leave, subjects the employee to a penalty or reduces his or her wages is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor, according to the Secretary of State's office.

The law applies to the day of the primary and general elections, not early voting.

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