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May 22, 2018
 
An opportunity to make a difference
Commentary by Councilmember Terry Roe

In the coming months, the indicators of the 2018 election season will be upon us. Campaign signs, mailers, ads and more will work to educate voters on the candidates and issues at hand.  July 30 is the last day to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election, and information is available here: https://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.
 
Chandler’s Primary Election is slated for August 28. And for many of us, that means a trip to the mailbox to retrieve our early voting ballot. And many people don’t realize that voting in the Primary Election is important because given our non-partisan status, a City Council candidate has the ability to be elected outright. Or, in the case of the State Legislative races, a candidate running unopposed, may also be selected outright if he or she receives enough votes. Consequently, voter participation in the August Primary is critical for all of us to have a voice.
 
Unfortunately, there is always some confusion come election time that Independent voters cannot vote in primary elections. Not true. Those registered as Independents need to know that they can ask for a “City-Only” ballot, or request a Democrat or Republican ballot which also contain City issues, at their polling place on Election Day. Registered Independents on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will also receive a postcard with instructions on how they can receive this ballot by mail – it just takes an extra step.
This year, Chandler voters have the opportunity to elect as many as three new Councilmembers (there are two incumbents running in this year’s race and three open seats). There also is Proposition 408 - Alternative Expenditure Limitation, Home Rule Option on the ballot. Please educate yourself about this important ballot item.
 
Local elections are an essential component of our democracy. Whether voting early (which begins August 1) or on Election Day at a polling site, I encourage you to do your own research and make informed decisions when voting. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard.
 
For more information, visit the City’s website at: chandleraz.gov or call our City Clerk’s Office at 480-782-2180. The City website will also include candidate information after May 30 – the filing deadline for candidate petitions. Make a note to see who is running and learn more about them and their positions.