City Talk Column for February 10, 2010 –Authored By Acting City Clerk Mary Gladieux
The City of Sedona will be holding a vote-by-mail primary and special election on March 9, 2010. The races include three city council four-year terms, one city council two-year term, and the mayor for a two-year term. A proposition will also be on the ballot to decide whether the mayor will be elected by voters or selected by the city council members, beginning in 2012. Sample ballots are now available to view in the City Clerk’s office, 102 Roadrunner Drive.
The Yavapai County Election Department will be conducting the election for the City of Sedona in both the Yavapai and Coconino County sections of the City. They will send a ballot by first class mail to every registered voter beginning the week of February 15, 2010.
Voters may mail their voted ballots to Yavapai County or hand deliver them to the Sedona City Clerk, 102 Roadrunner Drive, during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the balloting period, or during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election, March 9, 2010. Voters may also place their ballots in the Yavapai County early ballot drop-off box in the Sedona City Hall parking lot.
Be sure to allow time for your ballot to be delivered by election day, March 9th. If your ballot is postmarked, but not received, by March 9th, it cannot be counted.
If a voter misplaces his or her ballot, does not receive a ballot, or spoils the ballot in any way, he or she may go to the Sedona City Clerk’s Office to vote a replacement ballot. Some people have expressed concern that a person might be able to vote multiple times, because of this. Only the first ballot received and verified for each registered voter will be counted.
Some voters fail to sign the outside green mailing envelope before sealing and mailing their ballots, as they feel their vote will not be private, if they do. Unsigned ballots will not be counted, since there is no way to verify that the person voting is registered. To protect your privacy, an orange secrecy envelope will come with your ballot. After voting your ballot, place it inside the orange secrecy envelope and seal it. Then, sign the green affidavit mailing envelope, following the instructions on it. Place the orange envelope inside the green envelope and fold and seal the green envelope, concealing your signature. Your ballot is ready to mail or drop off.
If you know that you will be out of town during the election period, you may contact the Yavapai County Voter Registration Office by February 26th by phone, mail, or email to request that your mail-in ballot be sent to a different address. Their contact information is (928) 639-8100 extension 3248, or mail your request to Yavapai County Voter Registration, 1015 Fair Street, Room 228, Prescott, AZ 86305, or send an email request to email@example.com.
For more information, please call the City Clerk’s office at 282-3113.