County cuts polling places

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County cuts polling places

CREATED Aug. 10, 2012

Reporter:  Jessica Chapin

TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - The list of Pima County polling places isn't as long as it used to be.  It went from 417 to 288, after election officials decided to close more than a hundred locations because of the increased number of permanent early voters.

Mi Familia Vota spokesperson Breianda Bustamante says it could be cause for concern.

"People that really truly care about voting will go to their polling locations on election day and they won't be able to," she said.  But Bustamante is also concerned about the demographic hit hardest by voting changes.

"If you don't have that bus fare, if you don't have the cab money, sadly those are the people it's going to effect," she said, "the people of low income or minority people."

9 On Your Side took those concerns straight to Pima County Elections director Brad Nelson.

"Certainly as we begin to vet the changes in polling places we just didn't do it arbitrarily," he replied, "We made sure that polling places were on local bus routes and things of that nature."

Nelson says low-income locations saw the fewest changes, but that because of redistricting, the polling locations were bound to change as they do slightly each year.  They took into account the number of people on permanent early voting lists at each polling place before deciding the closures.

About 60 percent of Pima County voters are on the permanent early ballot list.  Others have the option of requesting a one time early ballot.

Nelson says because of conflicting activities at schools and churches, they also have added obstacles to finding polling places.

"It's become more and more of a challenge to find convenient polling places that might be right across the street from somebody," he said, "but I don't think the distances involved for any new polling places are going to be onerous for too many people."

Voters have until August 17th to get an early ballot for the August 28th election.  Sample ballots will arrive to registered voters next week.

Voters can also cast their ballots now at any of the following locations until August 24th:

Recorder’s Main Office
115 North Church Avenue
Monday – Friday 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Recorder’s East Side Annex
6920 East Broadway Boulevard #D
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

YMCA SITE
7770 North Shannon Road
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church
601 East Ft. Lowell Road
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pima County Recorder’s Office Annex
6550 S. Country Club Rd.
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Sahuarita Town Hall
375 West Sahuartia Center Way
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Salazar-Ajo Library
33 Plaza Street
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Radio Station
7474 S. Camino de Oeste
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Sells Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room/Game Room
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

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