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Proper identification and voting at the correct polling place are the only things standing in the way of Sedona’s voters.
By Trista Steers
Larson Newspapers

Proper identification and voting at the correct polling place are the only things standing in the way of Sedona’s voters.

All identification — either one photo ID or two without — must display an address that matches the one listed for the voter by the county.

“They need to make sure when they go to the polling place they are prepared with their ID,” Yavapai County Recorder Anna Wayman-Trujillo said.

The long validity of driver’s licenses Arizona often means people don’t update their address when they move, Wayman-Trujillo said, which can cause problems at the polls.

Voters also need to double-check their polling location. If a vote is cast at the wrong poll, it doesn’t count, Wayman-Trujillo said.

The proper polling location is printed on the front of the sample ballots that were mailed to every residence where a registered voter lives.

There are eight polling locations in Greater Sedona.

A new feature of polling places this year — as mandated by the 2002 Help Arizona Vote Act — will be touch-screen voting machines to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.

Touch-screens were previously used for early voting but now there will be one at each location.

The voting machines serve various needs with features such as audio ballots and large print.

Also, voters using them wont have to fill in the small circles as seen on traditional ballots.

Voters in Sedona are split by the county line with a portion voting in Coconino County and the remaining population in Yavapai County.

Wayman-Trujillo expects voter turnout for Yavapai County to be high.

“We’re probably going to be at about 80 percent,” Wayman-Trujillo said.

In the 2004 general election, Yavapai County had the highest voter turnout in the state at 84 percent.

Wayman-Trujillo thinks turnout in Yavapai County is high because the residents are well informed.

“Generally, the people of Yavapai County are politically active,” Wayman-Trujillo said.

Coconino County Recorder Candace Owens predicts turnout for Coconino County to be around 60 percent, down from 73 percent in 2004.

Turnout is always higher during the presidential election, Owens said.

Polling locations will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The last day to vote early is Friday, Nov. 3.

To vote early in Yavapai County voters need to go to the recorder’s office in Cottonwood and for Coconino County voters need to go to the City Clerk’s Office in Sedona.

For more election information for Yavapai County call 639-8100 and 1-800-793-6181 for Coconino County.


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