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Special elections district 8: Polling locations finalized

01/17/18

*Correction: When this article was published on the morning of 1/17, The Foothills Focus printed that polling locations would be finalized Jan. 18 after the board of supervisors voted to finalize the plan. However, on the evening of Jan.17 the board of supervisors postponed the vote, and polling locations were not finalized on Jan. 18. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience that may have occurred due to this error.


 

NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Recorder's Office held a public meeting on Jan. 11 to gather input on the polling place plan for the upcoming special election in Congressional District 8, that will be filling the vacant seat left by Rep. Trent Franks, after he recently resigned amongst allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The open house meeting took place at the Surprise City Hall Overflow Room, and there was a public comment period, so voters could provide input to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Election department staff was on hand to answer questions and collect feedback, and there was also voting site maps available for voters to view.

“The purpose is to gather public comments on the proposed polling places,” said the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

The map with the polling locations for the upcoming elections will be crafted with the input from the Board of Supervisors, and will go to the Board for approval on Jan. 17. The election polling locations will be finalized and posted online on Thursday, Jan. 18 at www.locations.maricopa.vote, said Karen Loschiavo, the communications manager at the Maricopa County Recorder Office.

The date of the primary elections for the congressional district 8 seat will be on Feb. 27, early voting starts Jan. 31.

Independents can vote in the February primary by selecting which party’s ballot they would like to receive.  Independents who vote by mail must select a party ballot by Feb. 16, which they can do online after Jan. 18.

Currently there are 16 candidates who have filed to be placed on the ballot for this upcoming election.

“There will be another election to fill this seat in November,” Loschiavo said.

The elected official who replaces Trenk's seat in district 8 will have to re-run in November's general elections, when the term for the congressional seat expires.

The deadline to file for a write-in candidate for the special primary election is Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
Once the polling locations are finalized on Jan. 18 voters can find the locations by going to www.locations.maricopa.vote.