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Posted Sep 21, 2012, 7:35 pm
Arizonans still have a right to vote even though their home may be in foreclosure and their address may change before November, a voting rights group said Thursday.
Arizona had the second highest foreclosure rate in the country in the first half of 2012, said Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Fair Elections Legal Network, according to mortgage foreclosure data provided to it by RealtyTrac.
Despite a 19 percent drop year-over-year, one in every 346 Arizona homes was in some stage of foreclosure in July, the Arizone Republic reported.
Those who are in foreclosure can vote in November's election using the address of the property being foreclosed on, if they have to move out of that home before the election, the nonprofit said.
Also, Tucsonans can update their address information on the Pima County Recorder's website. You can only change your voting address online if you have already changed the address on your driver's license.
The Fair Elections Legal Network is concerned that voters facing foreclosure may wonder where they can vote if they will lose their home. FELN says RealtyTrac reports that Arizona had 114,000 new foreclosure filings in 2011.
The right to vote is not affected by a change of address but voters must be registered before the Oct. 9 deadline.