Sedona voters will be hitting the voting booths this Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the primary election, which features local races and a pair of key issues regarding utilities.
At the local level, there are three Sedona City Council seats up for four-year terms, and one seat for a two-year term. Any candidates receiving a majority of all the votes cast at the primary election will be declared elected without running at the general election.
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According to City Clerk Susan Irvine, the two-year seat will be determined at the primary election. The three, four-year seats may or may not be filled at the primary. A candidate has to get a majority of votes cast according to a state formula. If they do not meet the calculated number, they would have to go onto the general election for a runoff.
“There are some scenarios where this would happen, but it is less likely with only four candidates for the three seats,” she said.
In order to avoid advancing to the general election, a candidate must hit a magic number. However, that number is not known until all the primary votes are tallied. For example, in 2014 there were eight candidates vying for three open council seats — not including the position of mayor. Voters were asked to vote for up to three of the candidates. A total of 7,044 votes were cast for the eight running. Using the state’s formula that left a magic number of 1,174.
Angela LeFevre and Jon Thompson each eclipsed that mark and thus their names did not appear on the general election. Scott Jablow received the third-highest number of votes at 1,105 while Rio Robson garnered 918. So, a runoff was required and their names appeared on the November general election ballot. However, Robson dropped out of the race prior to the election.
Voters will also be asked to consider proposals to extend franchise agreements with Arizona Public Service Company and UNS Gas, Inc.
The council election and the franchise agreements are non-partisan and will appear on every voter’s ballot.
Republican voters in Yavapai County will also choose between two candidates, Diane Joens and Randy Garrison, for District 3 county supervisor. Because there is no independent nor Democratic Party challenger, the winner of the Republican primary will be the de facto supervisor-elect.
Voters registered with the Republican, Democratic or Green parties can only vote on their party’s respective ballot. Those registered independent or “other” can select a partisan ballot and vote in that party’s primary in addition to voting on nonpartisan races.
For those voting on election day, the Yavapai County Vote Center in Sedona is located at the Elks Lodge at 110 Airport Road. There are numerous other voting centers throughout Yavapai County which can be found by visiting their website yavapai.us. Sedona voters residing in Yavapai County can vote at any center in the county.
Sedona voters residing in Coconino County can vote at their precinct polling place. Precinct 82, Sedona North, is located at Wayside Chapel Community Church, Jordan Hall, 401 SR 89A. Precinct 83, Sedona South, is located at Christ Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 25 Chapel Road. Refer to your voter registration card to determine your precinct number.