Yuma, Arizona - Over 26,000 early voting ballots for the this month’s Primary Election have been mailed in Yuma County, and to date, only 2,800 have been returned.
The Yuma County Recorder is reminding local voters that early ballots must be received at 410 Maiden Lane, by 7:00 p.m., August 28th (primary election day), in order to be counted.
“Many people believe early ballots only have to be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted, which is not true,” said Yuma County Recorder Robyn Stallworth Pouquette. “Ballots have to physically be inside our office ballot box before the polls close.”
Ballots received late next week could be delayed in being counted due to the processing time required and therefore overall results will be delayed. In order to avoid a delay in processing and results, early ballots must be returned in a timely fashion
Staff is still sending out ballots as requested and working diligently to get out all ballots in order to begin the processing work on voted ballots. By doing so, the Recorder make sure the Elections Department is able to provide accurate and timely results from the return of early ballots on Election night.
Pouquette urges voters to refrain from taking early ballots to polling places, since the poll workers would simply place them in a box until they could be delivered to the recorder’s office.
“Poll workers are not charged with the responsibility of verifying early ballots,” continued Pouquette. “It’s the recorder’s office that verifies the authenticity of early ballots, then we forward them to the elections department for counting.
“Dropping an early ballot at a polling location only slows down the election process and ultimately delays the final election results.”
Pouquette’s office is currently working extended hours to deal with the early ballots. Regular polling locations throughout Yuma County will be open 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., August 28, 2012.
Anyone not sure of their voter registration status can contact the Yuma County Voter Registration Office at 373-6034, or visit them at their new location in Historic Downtown Yuma, 410 Maiden Lane.
For questions concerning this election contact Yuma County Elections Services (928) 373-1014.