The deadline to register to vote is Aug. 1. Are you ready?
This year is a critical year for Phoenix voters. It is time to elect a new mayor as Mayor Phil Gordon is termed out after serving eight years in office. Residents will also vote on two propositions. Those living in odd numbered districts, as well as District 2, will vote for a new member of the City Council.
Prop. 1 must be renewed every five years. It gives the City Council local control over the budget for the next four years after public hearings. A "Yes" vote would give the mayor and City Council continued control over the budget after public meetings and hearings where a limitation to the spending is set.
A "No" vote would force the city to operate under a state imposed expenditure limitation which would cut the city's budget by $870 million in fiscal year 2012-2013. This would be about a 25 percent cut to the city's budget, according to the 2011-2012 city budget.
Prop. 2 is the result of action by a community. Earlier in the year the City Council approved a rezoning of an area near 44th Street and Palm Lane in Phoenix to allow a gas station to be built in a residential area. The neighborhood fought the decision by forming Citizens Against Neighborhood Encroachment. The group got the issue on the ballot.
A "Yes" vote would approve the city's rezoning and allow the QuikTrip gas station to be built in a residential area.
A "No" vote would repeal the City Council's decision and leave the current residential zoning in effect.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 will vote for a new city councilmember. Only voters living in those districts will vote for those positions.
There are six candidates running for mayor: Claude Maddox (R), Peggy Neely (R), Wes Gullett (R), Anna Brennan (R), Jennifer Wright (R) and Greg Stanton (D). Libertarian Thane Eichenauer did not collect enough signatures to get on the ballot, but has been running as a write-in candidate.
This year the city will continue its practice of early mail-in ballots, which will be distributed about 26 days before the election. To request an early ballot you must send a signed request form to the City Clerk Department, Elections Division, by Friday, Aug. 19.
The 15th floor of City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., will also be open for early voting between Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 26. South Mountain Community Center, 212 E. Alta Vista Road, will have early voting on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year the city will be using voting centers for the first time during this election. Residents can use any of the 26 voting centers, rather than being asked to use one polling place inside a precinct.
For additional information on where and how to vote, call the City Clerk Department, Elections Division, at (602) 261-8683.
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