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City alerts voters of ballot inconsistency

City alerts voters of ballot inconsistency

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The City of Flagstaff is hoping to correct an inconsistency between the ballots and the information pamphlet regarding the number of mayoral candidates a voter can support during the August primary election.

Voters are supposed to mark down their support for just one mayoral candidate on the August ballot, according to a city press release.

That’s despite contradictory information printed on the information packets that were sent to every registered voter. On those packets, voters are told to vote for two candidates.

But that information within the packets is incorrect, according to the city.

If a voter does mark two candidates for mayor, both votes would be nullified but the rest of their ballot would still be counted, said city clerk Stacy Saltzburg in an email.

If a ballot has been filled out incorrectly but has not been put in the mail, a voter can request a new ballot from the Coconino County Elections office.

A voter could also take their spoiled ballot to the County’s Third Street drive up service window or at their Flagstaff Mall office and request a replacement ballot up until Monday, Aug. 3, Saltzburg said.

If a voter has already mailed their ballot it is the same as if they dropped their ballot into the ballot box, and they could not request a new one.

The County Election Office can be reached at (928) 679-7860.

As of now, there are three candidates vying for the position of Flagstaff mayor. Councilmembers Charlie Odegaard and Jamie Whelan are both seeking the position, as is candidate Paul Deasy.

The two mayoral candidates who receive the most votes in the primary election will advance to the general election.

Victor Varela’s name will still be listed on the ballots despite the fact that he dropped out of the race last week. As such, any votes cast for Varela will not be counted, according to the city.

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