Feb 222012

By Teri Walker

Republicans and Green Party members will cast their votes in the presidential preference election in Arizona on Tuesday, Feb. 28, but there will be fewer polling places than usual in Navajo County communities.

Navajo County Elections Director Jonathon Roes says voters may find their usual polling places quiet on election day.

There will be only one polling place each in Holbrook, Winslow, Snowflake, Taylor, Show Low, Pinetop and Lakeside.

Early voting ballots have been mailed to registered voters in Sun Valley, Woodruff, Pinedale and Clay Springs, as no polling stations will be set up in voting precincts in those communities. Voters in these four towns should already have received an early ballot, which can be turned in at any polling station in Navajo County on election day, dropped off at the county recorder’s office at the Navajo County Complex in Holbrook or returned by mail.

All polling stations in voting precincts on the Navajo, Hopi and Apache reservations will be open.

Mailed ballots must arrive at the recorder’s office on or before Feb. 28; a postmark prior to or on Feb. 28 will not be sufficient.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for this election, which grants winning candidates delegates for their political party’s national convention.

In Arizona, only the Republican and Green parties opted to take part in the February election; the Democratic Party will forego a preference election and instead convene a caucus in March to award delegates.

Voters must be registered Republican or Green party members for their vote to be counted in this election.

Only presidential candidates are voted for in the presidential preference election; no other offices or propositions will be on the ballot.

Voters in precincts without a polling place who do not receive an early ballot by mail prior to Feb. 28 may vote at the county complex in person until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, when early voting ends.