UA, Green Valley early voting locations open in Pima County; mail-in ballots pour in

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 7:16 PM MST|Updated: Oct. 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Early voting has begun in Pima County.

Polling places are set up around the county so people can vote in person long before election day.

All three Pima County Recorder's office locations have voting booths.

The UA and Green Valley locations opened Monday, Oct. 17.

To see the list of early voting locations and their hours of operation, click HERE.

Early voting is much the same as going to the polling place on election day.

Mail-in voting is just that.

Mail-in ballots are streaming in to the Pima County Recorder's office. Pima County voters requested a record number of mail-in ballots this year, more than 360,000 of them. Some 30,000 already have been filled out and mailed back.

Pima County Recorder's office workers must verify every signature as a part of processing the ballots.

If there's a problem with the signature, Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez says her office will try to reach the voter.
"We will contact the voter. That's why we ask on the ballot affidavit for a day time phone number so we can contact you. We'll also send them a letter telling what numbers to call us because we have a problem regarding your signature. We'll do email if we happen to have email. And, new this season, we're even doing texting," Rodriguez said.

After you mail in your ballot, there's a way to track its progress online CLICK HERE.

If a voter requested a mail-in ballot, the voter may mail it in or, if it becomes too late to mail it, may drop it off at any polling place on election day.

However, if a voter received a mail-in ballot but tries to vote at a polling place on election day, the voter will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

That takes extra time at the polling location.

The reason for a provisional ballot is that elections officials have make sure the voter did not vote twice.

The Recorder's office says, once the provisional ballot is processed, it is counted just like any other ballot.

There is much more information on voting, including important dates, on the Recorder's website.  Click HERE.

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