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Don't believe the hype: Tuesday deadline to register to vote in Tucson, school elections

The deadline to register to vote in next month's general election in Tucson is midnight on Tuesday, October 10. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.

While information provided by the city of Tucson, in a voter information pamphlet, email notices and on the municipal website, said that the deadline was Monday, a recent state law allowed Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez to extend the registration period a day because of the Columbus Day holiday.

City officials weren't aware of the extension, and mailed out "The Choice Is Yours" voter publications last week, spokeswoman Lane Mandle said.

The registration deadline was also pushed back last year because the usual deadline, 29 days before the general election, also coincided with Columbus Day. That wasn't a city-organized election.

The city and a number of school districts are conducting all vote-by-mail elections, with a limited number of voting sites open on November 7. Ballots will be sent to all registered voters this week.

Oro Valley is holding a polling-place election, with ballots being mailed to those on the early-voting list.

To be eligible, voters in each jurisdiction must be registered before the deadline.

Tucson voters will elect three City Council members, representing Wards 3, 5 and 6. Members of the Council were nominated by voters from the individual wards in the primary, and will be elected in a citywide vote in the general election.

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On the Tucson ballot are:

  • Ward 3 Democrat Paul Durham and independent Gary Watson, who local Republicans declined to back. There is no incumbent; Democratic Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is not seeking reelection.
  • Ward 5 Democratic Councilman Richard Fimbres has no opponent.
  • Ward 6 Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik faces GOP candidate Mariano Rodriguez and Green Party candidate Mike Cease.

Tucson voters will also vote on several propositions:

  • Prop. 202: Reid Park Zoo Animal Quality of Life Authorization Act
  • Prop. 203: Reid Park Zoo Animal Quality of Life Implementation Act
  • Prop. 204: Strong Start Tucson High-Quality Early Childhood Education Financial Aid Program
  • Prop. 406: Increase in mayor and Council salaries

Voters in Oro Valley will determine the fate of a $17 million bond for improvements at Naranja Park.

Districts holding budget override or bond elections are: Tucson, Sunnyside, Marana, and Flowing Wells unified school districts, and Avra Valley, Drexel Heights and Picture Rocks fire districts.

How to register

If you've moved, changed your name, or want to change political parties, you must complete a new voter registration form.

You can register online in English and Spanish, or fill out a registration form and mail it to the Recorder's Office, postmarked no later than midnight Tuesday. To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arizona and at least 18 years old at the time of the election.

If you have an Arizona drivers license issued after Oct. 1, 1996, that serves as proof of citizenship under state requirements.

Call the office of Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez at 724-4330 if you have questions. You can check your registration on the Recorder's site.

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