Yavapai County voters rush to decide on president | The Verde Impartial
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Approximately 8.5% of the Yavapai County vote was tabulated in the first week of voting in the 2020 presidential election.
“We withdrew 11,466 ballots,” said Laurin Custis, registrar of Yavapai County voters. Another 6,000 ballot papers are awaiting approval, she added.
The county sent 134,124 ballots to voters on the standing early voter list and to those who made their first early voting request.
“We are busy with an early coordination at our two locations,” said Custis. “We let 2,084 voters vote in person early on. It’s pretty stable all day. “
Custis there they have had some lines in the elections, but no irregularities.
“We’re seeing a huge increase in the use of Dropbox,” said Custis. “Which is great. That saves 60 cents per ballot,” as opposed to forwarding ballot papers through the US Postal Service.
There was a traffic jam in the Prescott office with people trying to use the Dropbox.
Custis said the dropboxes are always heavily used, but “I can tell you what we’re seeing is higher numbers.”
The other thing Custis sees is people voting early. “They really want their ballots to come in early. And that’s great. ”
More people voted this year than four years ago in the state of Arizona, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said during a media call on Wednesday.
Hobbs wasn’t sure how many people chose that choice. “More than at this point in 2016,” Hobbs said during the call to Zoom.
According to Custis, 81.3% of voters in Yavapai County are on the permanent early voter list to receive postal or early ballot papers. A small percentage of voters receive one-off postal ballot papers.
The number of voters requesting postal votes for these general elections has increased slightly, but there has been a huge increase for the August primaries, she said.
“We have an early vote here in two locations, one here in Prescott and one in Cottonwood,” said Custis.
This will happen every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, October 30th.
The Monday leading up to election day is reserved for the emergency voting, and voters are required to fill out an affidavit to vote in person on that day. “It’s going from early voting to emergency voting” for those unable to vote on election day. Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd.
She said a lot of people showed up at the ballot boxes and took their pictures for social media.
Pictures are not allowed in the polling station, she added, but they could while they cast a ballot at an external ballot box, Custis said.
“No loitering is allowed,” she said. “You have to choose and then you have to go.”
A few days after it was sent, a voter can verify that their postal ballot has been processed by the Yavapai County Electoral and Voter Registration Department by calling their office at 928-771-3248 or going to my.arizona.vote, Custis said.
Custis said they have hired seasonal staff for the general election and will be able to handle the additional calls and postal ballots.
“We just want people to vote early so we’re one step ahead,” she said.
Custis encourages people to use the 13 voting boxes across the county. Here are the locations in the Verde Valley.
• Camp Verde – Town Hall, 473 S Main St.
• Camp Verde Community Center – Yavapai-Apache Nation, 3462 Smith Ave.
• Clarkdale – Town Hall, 39 N. 9th St.
• Cottonwood – County Administration Building, 10 S 6th St.
• Jerome – City Hall, 600 Clark St.
• Sedona – City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive.
• Oak Creek Village – Fire Station, 125 Slide Rock Road.