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Three positions will come open on the Prescott Valley Town Council in 2018, and Town Clerk Diane Russell has prepared materials to make the election process run smoothly for voters and candidates alike.
Prescott Valley voters have had the opportunity to vote by All Mail Ballot since 2001. However, Legislative changes in 2014 required that August Primary and November General Elections be held as polling center/polling place elections. Those citizens who wish to vote via a Mail Ballot must register by May 30, 2018 to be put on the Permanent Early Voter List or by July 30, 2018 to vote at the polling center. If you do not register for an early ballot you will have to go to a polling center or the Yavapai County Elections Office to vote on election day. To register for the Permanent Early Voter List, contact Yavapai County Voter Registration at 928-771-3248.
To register to vote, an individual must possess all of the following qualifications:• United States Citizenship with appropriate proof of citizenship.• Age of 18 years or more on or before the regular General Election next following registration.• State residency for a period of 29 days prior to election.• Residency in the city or town for 29 days prior to the election.• Ability to write one’s own name or make one’s own mark unless prevented by physical disability.
The Mayor’s seat and two Council seats for four-year terms are up for election in 2018. Those residents who want to run for Mayor or one of the two open Council seats may pick up candidate packets and nomination petitions at the Office of the Town Clerk, 7501 E. Civic Circle.
Each candidate packet contains the required forms for filing nomination petitions, a Nomination Qualification Form, Financial Disclosure Statement form and campaign finance forms. Candidates may call the Town Clerk’s Office at 928-759-3028 to schedule an appointment to pick up the Candidate Packet and meet with the Town Clerk. A minimum of 210 and maximum of 421 valid signatures are required for both Mayor and Council seats. Nomination petitions and other required paperwork must be filed with the Town Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on May 30, 2018.Write-in candidates for the Primary Election must file paperwork by July 19, 2018. No signatures are required for write-ins.
The Primary Election is scheduled for August 28 and the General Election on November 6, 2018, if necessary. Any candidate receiving a majority of all votes cast at the Primary Election will be declared elected without running in the General Election.
Candidates must be qualified electors at the time of filing their nomination paper, must be age 18 or older, and must have resided in the Town for one year prior to the election. A person convicted of a felony may not serve as a councilmember until his/her civil rights have been restored.
All candidate forms, (except the Statement of Organization, which must be picked up in the Town Clerk’s Office), are available on the Town’s website at http://www.pvaz.net/384/Election-Information, along with general election information. For further information, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 928-759-3135.