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Congressional District 8: Voter plan approved

01/31/18

NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a voting plan presented by the Maricopa County Recorder that will guide officials and voters in the upcoming special elections in Congressional District 8, including dates for the election.
The special election primary will take place on February 27, and the general election will take place on April 24.  The plan calls for as many as six poll workers per site with electronic poll books, a “ballot on demand” system and a tabulation machine so ballots are counted on the spot. Voters on the permanent early voting list will also receive their ballot by mail.
 “It was important the voters in CD-8 had a polling place to visit on election day if that is how they choose to cast their ballot,” said Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4, who represents most of district 8. “We are planning on 53 polling places for these two dates and the Elections Department might be able to add a few more.”
Locations will be available for both the primary in February and the general election in April, so voters can return to the same location.  The Maricopa County Elections Department physically went out to the precincts to search for new locations taking careful consideration about parking availability, natural barriers such as mountains, ADA compliance and the maximum distance a voter will travel.
 “I am glad we were able to secure an extra polling place in the northern part of the county,” said Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3. “Due to the extremely shortened timeline of this election, this plan also includes a considerable education effort with social media, mailers and advertising in community papers.”
Voters can find out more information about their eligibility to vote in this election and maps of Congressional District 8 at Maricopa.vote.  Because of the timing of these elections, the County Recorder will be reaching out to voters on multiple platforms and forums.
The Maricopa County Recorder's Office will hold a series of information sessions about the upcoming elections, and department staff will be available to answer questions.
Additional details for the upcoming sessions are below:
•          CD8 special election information session in the West Valley on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6-7 p.m. at the Municipal Court Building, 14455 W. Van Buren Suite B101, Goodyear, AZ 85338
•          CD8 special election information session in the North Valley, the time and date will be determined at a later date.
•          Voters can find events and updates at recorder.maricopa.gov/voteroutreach.
Polling locations for voters in this election may be different from previous elections. The current map of polling locations, approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, is available at recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/CD8pollinglocationplan.aspx.  An online polling site locator tool will be available later this month.
Here are the Republican candidates who will appear on the ballot according to the Secretary of the State’s office: Chad Allen, Brenden Dilley, Stephen Dolgos, Debbie Lesko, David “Dave” Lien, Phil Lovas, Richard Mack, Steve Montenegro, Bob Stump, Christopher Sylvester, Clair Van Steenwyk and Mark Yates.
There are two Democrats running for the district 8 seat, Hiral Tipirneni and Brianna Westbrook.
District 8 is having a special election to fill Trent Franks seat, which has been vacant since December after he suddenly resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment accusations.  The person elected to the seat will have to run again in the regular primary elections in November 2018 when the seat's term expires.

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