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Update: Coconino County Independents Can Request A Non-Partisan Ballot In August

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen was on the Joe Harting Show earlier this evening and she said that if you’re an Independent and you want to vote in the August 26 Flagstaff City Council primary (which is a non-partisan race) you can request a non-partisan ballot with only the City races on it. Last I had heard, Independents would need to request a partisan ballot from a recognized party.

This is great news for Independents and hopefully it encourages more Independents to vote on election day.

The Republican legislature passed a law a while ago that requires cities to hold their primary elections at the same time as the statewide primaries. This state law has had cities and counties scrambling to figure out ways to hold complicated elections with partisan and non-partisan races on the same ballot.

Sounds like they’re starting to work out some of the bugs.

Please keep in mind that if you’re an Independent voter and you’re on the early voter list you will NOT receive a ballot in the mail. Instead you will receive a postcard asking you if you want a ballot from a recognized party or if you want a non-partisan ballot with only the City races on it. You must respond to that postcard if you want an early ballot. Otherwise you will have to go to your polling place on election day.

In light of this new information I deleted my previous article on the topic.

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