On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the city of Phoenix will hold the regularly scheduled City Council Election for voters in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 to elect a council member. There is no election for council member in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 this year because the terms of the council members are staggered. The Council Election is open to Phoenix residents who are registered voters and reside within Districts 2, 4, 6 or 8 at least 29 days prior to the election.

The City Clerk Department has mailed notices to about 221,000 registered voters who reside in the Phoenix districts and are on the permanent early voting list. Voters on the permanent early voting list who want to receive a ballot by mail do not need to return the notice. Voters who received the notice who do not want a ballot by mail for this election should notify the City Clerk by mailing the postage-paid return postcard by Monday, July 1, to prevent mailing the ballot.

Voters who are not on the permanent early voting list and did not receive this notice may submit a signed request for a ballot by mail by Friday, Aug. 16. Request forms are available at phoenix.gov/elections or by calling the City Clerk Department.

Phoenix residents who are not registered to vote have until Monday, July 29, to do so.

For more information about the August election, contact the City Clerk Department at (602) 262-6837 or visit phoenix.gov/elections.

‘Food For Fines’ yields record donations

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the Phoenix Public Libraries and all of those who took advantage of the 2013 “Food for Fines” grace period to wipe out their library fines while helping to feed the hungry of Arizona.

From April 13-27, the 13 locations of the Phoenix Public Libraries collected 41,528 pounds of food by trading non-perishable food items for a 50-cent reduction of all library fines, including lost books. This total is the most collected during this drive and almost 30 percent more than the 32,000-plus pounds collected in 2012.

The equivalent of more than 41,000 meals will be distributed to the hungry of Arizona as a result of the “Food for Fines” donations.

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