Changes to town elections code will require all candidate elections to be held in even-number years. The change will affect the terms of the mayor and council members, and requires council elections will be in only even-numbered years.
Changes also include two voter registration forms instead of one; one form for federal elections only or the county form for all elections. The federal form requires no proof of identification.
In the coming weeks, the Yavapai County Elections Office will mail a notification of all voters in the county informing them of election procedure changes for the August/November primary and general elections, including new precincts in Chino Valley, new procedures at Vote Centers (polling places), new voting equipment and drop box assistance at Town Hall on election nights.
Town Clerk Jami Lewis patiently went through each of the three town code changes with the Town Council at its April 22 meeting.
Council voted in favor of one ordinance amendment and two resolutions to change the election codes.
The amendment adds a new Elections chapter that will reorganize the town code "for clarity" and to conform with House Bill 2826.
The first of the two resolutions will extend the terms of the sitting mayor and council members in consolidated elections. Each term will be lengthened by 18 months, for those currently sitting on the council. The current mayor's two-year term will become a 3.5-term and current council members, who serve for four years, will serve for 5.5 years.
The second resolution will prescribe standards of financial disclosure for local public officers.
Chino Valley's next regularly scheduled election will be in 2016. The changes do not apply to special elections, such as initiatives, zoning, tax issues, referendums, recall elections and others.
Other upcoming election dates are as follows: Aug. 26 will be a primary election, which citizens must be registered for by July 28. Early voting begins on July 31. To request an early ballot by mail, voters must do so by Aug. 15; and voters can vote early in person on Aug. 22 at the County Building on Fair Street in Prescott.
The general election will be on Nov. 4, for which citizens must be registered for by Oct. 6. Early voting begins Oct. 9, and requests for an early ballot by mail must be received by Oct. 24. Citizens can vote early in person on Oct. 31 at the County Building on Fair Street in Prescott.
Vote Centers, formerly called polling places, will require voter identification, including a photo ID showing the voter's name and address, such as an Arizona driver license or state-issued ID card. Or voters can present two non-photo identifications with the voter's name and address, such as a utility bill dated within 90 days, bank statement dated within 90 days, valid Arizona vehicle registration, and more.
For an complete list of acceptable identification, contact the County Elections office at 1015 Fair Street, room 228, in Prescott, call 771-3248, or visit their website at www.yavapai.us.
Voters can choose to vote near home, work or wherever they find themselves on Election Day. For locations, contact the Elections office, see above. Vote Center hours are 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day; voters must bring identification.