Are Your Voter Registration Records Current?
Most people forget to update their voting records when they move or will be gone for an extended period of time. Failure to update your address results in returned mail and longer lines at the polls. If the Recorder’s office receives back two pieces of returned mail the voter’s name will be placed on the inactive voter list.
With several elections fast approaching, including the Presidential, the Yuma County Recorder’s Office is urging voters to keep their voting addresses current. Election materials such as early ballot request forms, early ballots and sample ballots cannot be forwarded.
If you are registering to vote for the first time or making address, name or party changes you will need to complete a new registration form. All registration forms have to be returned to the Recorder’s office at least 29 days prior to an election in order for your name to appear on the correct precinct roster.
If you are registering to vote for the first time in Arizona you will have to show proof of citizenship. If you have an Arizona driver’s license or AZ ID you can register or update your registration at the MVD office or through their website: servicearizona.com . Registrations are received the next day. When registering through MVD your proof of citizenship requirement is fulfilled. Other forms that can be used a proof of citizenship are your birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers
Registration forms are also available in the Recorder’s Office, Libraries, Post Offices and Elections Dept.
If you are an existing voter in Yuma County that missed the cutoff date to change your address you can still vote. Contact the Recorder’s Office as soon as possible to find out your where your new polling location will be. If you show up at your old polling place you will be directed to vote at your new location. Your name will not appear on the new poll roster because your address wasn't updated in time. You will be asked to fill out some paperwork and vote a provisional ballot. Your ID is required at the polls.
The next upcoming election is the Primary Election September 02, 2008. You must reside within the county limits and be registered to vote by August 4, 2008 to be eligible.
If you are going to be out of town we can list a temporary address on your record to insure you get all your voting materials because the Post Office cannot forward our mail to you.
Please be responsible and do your part to help keep your registration records current….Tell a friend!
If you have any questions please call the Voter Registration Dept at: (928) 373-6034.