VFW post welcomes candidates to June 19 event

U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward will be among those running for office who will attend an event Tuesday, June 19, at VFW Post 7968, 250 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. An opportunity to meet the candidates begins 5:30 pm. with speakers starting at 6. Others who are expected to attend are Pinal County justice of […]

4 take packets to run for mayor, 5 for council in Apache Junction

Nine people as of late on May 8 have picked up packets containing legally required documents needed to run for a seat on the Apache Junction City Council. Four are vying for mayor and the remaining five for three city council seats. In the order they signed for the packets, they are: Dave Waldron, mayor, […]

City clerk seeks arguments for, against vote on permanent base adjustment

Arguments supporting or opposing Proposition 423, the permanent base adjustment to the 1979-80 base expenditure limitation of the city of Apache Junction, are being accepted by the Apache Junction city clerk. The arguments will be included in the publicity pamphlet that will be distributed prior to the Aug, 28 city primary election, according to a […]

New state portal streamlines process for petition circulators

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has launched a portal to allow petition circulators to register electronically with her office. The circulator portal can be accessed at go.azsos.gov/circulatorportal. “The Legislature has sought to protect the integrity of the petition process in Arizona by imposing reasonable regulations on petition circulators,” Ms. Reagan stated in a release. […]

Council sets Aug. 28 election on removing state limitation on budget

Apache Junction voters since 1985 have approved every four years a home rule option allowing the budget to be set at the local level. The last vote was in 2016. In August voters will decide if a permanent base adjustment budget is approved in one election that would be adjusted annually by population and inflation. […]

District 4 Democrat speaks in Apache Junction about Congress run

Delina DiSanto, a Democrat running for Congress in District 4, will speak 3:40 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction during the Red for Ed event. She also will be speaking and taking questions at the Northern Pinal Democrats meeting 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Mountain View […]

Salt River Project voters oust 2 incumbents, fill 46 seats in election

Two incumbents were defeated in Salt River Project elections, unofficial results showed. William W. “Bill” Arnett lost his at-large seat in District 12 to Corey Hawkey, and Wendy L. Marshall was defeated by Randy Miller for an at-large seat in District 14. In all, voters elected a president and vice president and filled 22 seats […]

Arizona adds online system to submit 2016 ballot measure arguments

In advance of the July 7, 2016, filing deadline for initiative and referendum petitions, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced statements of support or opposition to this year’s ballot measures can now be submitted online.  By statute, the deadline to submit an argument is no later than 48 days preceding the primary election, […]

Prop 123 supporters to host free screening of ‘Star Wars’

The Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools campaign, in Support of Prop 123 is offering a free showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Harkins Christown 14 multiplex, 1620 W. Montebello near 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will deliver an opening statement, according to a press release.

Families and children are welcome but RSVPs are needed by Wednesday, Feb. 17, at RSVP@RoseMoserAllynPR.com, as the theater only has space for 250.

Admission is free; however, attendees are encouraged to invest in the Prop 123 campaign by making small — as small as $1.23 — voluntarily contributions to Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools, in Support of Prop 123, according to the release.

A special election on Proposition 123 has been scheduled by the state for May 17.

Supporters believe Prop 123 would do the following, according to the release:

•Provide $3.5 billion in additional education funding over 10 years without raising taxes.
•Help increase teacher salaries and stop teachers from leaving Arizona.
•Responsibly use the state land trust for its intended purpose – supporting public education.

Others argue against the proposition, according to arguments filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, some saying:

•It will cap future education spending by letting the legislature ignore the will of the voters.
•It will damage the future of the state land trust.

Independents will have to switch party affiliation to vote in March 22 election

2016 marks the first time Arizona will hold four state elections, according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan. But not all registered voters will be able to vote in all four.

Arizona law prohibits independent voters from casting their ballot in the presidential preference election, which is scheduled for March 22, Ms. Reagan said, and one of her missions over the next month is to spread the word about how independent voters can temporarily change their party affiliation so they can have a say in that election.

The secretary of state was the guest speaker Jan. 13 at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountains in Gold Canyon.

“We are trying to make it as easy as possible to switch to a major party before an election and then switch back to independent afterward,” the secretary of state told the 60 Rotarians and their guests in attendance.

Independents comprise the No. 1 voters group in Arizona, according to the report “Who Is Arizona’s Independent Voter?” published in November by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. In March 2014 for the first time, the proportion of registered Arizona voters declaring themselves as independents exceeded the proportion citing their political party preference as either Democratic or Republican, according to the report.

The most recent roster has 37 percent — or 1.219 million — of registered Arizona voters declared as independents; 34 percent — or 1.115 million — as Republicans; and 28 percent — or 932,722 — as Democrats, according to State of Arizona Registration Report released in October by Ms. Reagan’s office.

A presidential preference election allows registered voters of participating, recognized political parties to cast their vote for who they prefer the Arizona delegates cast their vote for at their party’s national convention, according to information posted on the website arizona.vote, which is overseen by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Only voters registered with a participating political party may vote in the presidential preference election, according to the website. Candidates registered with the Republican, Democratic and Green parties will be on the March 22 ballot.

Independents have until Feb. 22 to change his or her party affiliation for the March 22 presidential preference election, according to the website. Independent voters then should wait until at least a week after the March 22 election to switch back; this allows time for the elections officials to verify all the ballots and to confirm the final number of votes.