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Evacuation leaves Pima voter help lines briefly unstaffed

A series of terrorism threats hit Tucson governmental offices Tuesday, including the Federal Building and Marana High School. Another apparent threat caused the Pima County Recorder's telephone voter hot line to go unanswered for about an hour, but police determined a "suspicious package" was harmless.

The threats came on the same day that bombings in Brussels, Belgium, killed 31 people and injured more than 200.

Tuesday evening, staffers were evacuated from the Pima County Public Service Center, 240 N. Stone Ave., where a "suspicious package" was found in the parking garage, officials said. The building was cleared due to caution, and the object was found to be harmless.

The Recorder's Office had been staffing a voter help line to answer questions about voting eligibility, polling locations and other election issues. Staffers were out of the building for about an hour. About 15 extra staffers were brought in for the last 15-20 minutes before the polls closed to assist voters.

The Recorder’s Country Club Road office was still open at the county’s Elections Department, 6550 S. Country Club Rd. But there were not enough staffers there to handle phone calls.

The evacuation may slow the verification of some provisional ballots Tuesday.

Voters who have questions about their eligibility may be able to find answers at the following county web pages:

They also may try calling the political parties involved in the presidential preference election:

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The Federal Building in Downtown Tucson was evacuated after a bomb threat was made Tuesday. Another bomb threat led to the evacuation of the Pima County Attorney's Office on North Stone Avenue.

Marana High School was evacuated Tuesday afternoon following a bomb threat, but police did not immediately find any explosive devices as they searched the school.

El Rio Community Health Center, on West Congress Street, and the El Rio Learning Center, on West Speedway, were also evacuated due to threats.

In Phoenix, the Arizona Attorney General's Office was also evacuated after a threat Tuesday.

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