LAST CHANCE to register to vote in Nov. 8 election - Tucson News Now

LAST CHANCE to register to vote in Nov. 8 election

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Today is your last chance to make sure your vote counts during the presidential election.

If you haven’t already, you have until midnight to register and make sure your information is up to date.

Officials said they have been busy at the Pima County Recorder’s Office over the last couple of weeks. Pima County Recorder Ann Rodriguez said more than 20,000 people have signed up to vote since August alone.

Right now, there are about 531,415 registered voters in Pima County, 300,000 more than the 2012 presidential election.

Here’s a breakdown of registered voters in Arizona:

PARTY VOTERS
Republican 1,185,023
Other 1,164,373
Democratic 1,019,050
Libertarian 26,653
Green 5,512
Total 3,400,611

The state recorder’s offices do not officially track ethnicity, but the U.S. Census Bureau tracks the Electorate Profile of each state.

At last check, out of more than 5 million people eligible to vote in Arizona, 62.5 percent are white, 26.5 percent are Hispanic. The remaining 11 percent is made up by Black, American Indian and Asian adults.

The most recent poll numbers from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, 13.1 million Latinos are expected to vote in this presidential elections. That’s a 17 percent increase in turnout and 8.7 percent increase in the vote share from 2012.

According to recent numbers from Mi Famila Vota, 31 percent of Arizona is Latino and 992,000 are eligible to vote.

The Pima County Recorder’s office recommends signing up for early voting if you want to avoid long lines on election day.

Early ballots will be sent out this week, but if you sign up for early voting by mail, it’s important that you vote that way.

Rodriguez said if you show up to a polling place on election day with an early ballot, you will have to vote by a provisional ballot and that can really slow down the process for you and other voters.

Last presidential election, there were 28,000 provisional ballots cast in Pima County.

Important Dates

Monday, Oct. 10: Last day to register to vote. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be open till 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Early ballots will be mailed out.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Last recommended day to mail ballots.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Election day.

Voter Registration Options

Forms may be obtained at the Pima County Recorder’s Office, all United States Post Offices and public libraries, political party headquarters, and city/town halls.

Got to the Pima County Recorder’s Office website at www.recorder.pima.gov. On the bottom of the homepage, go to “Important Links” and click on "Online Voter Registration."

Register online at www.servicearizona.com. Click the "Voter Registration" option. If using the Service Arizona site make sure your driver’s license address is current and once registered, save the confirmation receipt as proof of registration.

Extended Office Hours

On Monday, Oct. 10, the Pima County Recorder’s Office will have two locations open with extended working hours for the voter registration cutoff.

The Recorder’s Office will have walk-up Voter Registration at the following locations:

  • Downtown Office at 240 N. Stone Avenue  till 10 p.m. Staff will be assisting Pima County residents with their voter registration in the courtyard of the County Public Service Center. Parking is available on the west side of the building off Stone Avenue.
  • Eastside Office at 6920 E Broadway Blvd, Suite D till 10 p.m. The Eastside Recorder’s Annex is located on the southwest corner of Broadway and Kolb in the Gaslight Theater complex south of Bring Funeral Home. Staff will be available in the parking lot near the office to assist Pima County residents with their voter registration.
  • Recorder’s Office phone lines will also be open from till 10 p.m. for any questions voters may have regarding early voting, registration or vote-by-mail ballots.

Check Your Registration Online

Voters can check their voter registration status on the Pima County Recorder’s Office website. Click on the "Check your Registration." In order to check your registration, you must have either your driver’s license number or voter registration number.

Information available includes your registration name and address, early ballot status, party affiliation, election district assignments and voting history.
 
 

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