Early voter? Ballots must be mailed today, turned into Pima County Recorder's office

Early voter? Ballots must be mailed today, turned into Pima County Recorder's office

CREATED Nov 2, 2012

Reporter: Justin Schecker

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - If you're still hanging on to an early ballot, get it in the mail on Friday or drop it off at one of 10 early-voting sites that are set up around Tucson.

The Pima County Recorder's office sites are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

To find a list of drop-off the locations, go to www.recorder.pima.gov and click on "early voting/replacement ballot sites." You can also call 724-4330 to get information on the sites.

There will be one location open Monday to drop off early ballots -- the main recorder's office at 115 N. Church Ave.

"We give the voters lots of options to get their early ballots back to us in time," said F. Ann Rodriguez, Pima County Recorder. "We do not accept postmarks, folks, we must have it in our possesion by 7 p.m. on Election Day."

If you hold onto that early ballot until Election Day, you'll have to drop it off at your assigned polling place, which you can also identify at www.recorder.pima.gov by clicking on "polling location."

The Pima County Recorder said her office sent out more than 308,000 early voting ballots -- and more than 100,000 of them have yet to be returned. 

What effect does early voting have on the election?

"It could potentially mean fewer lines - no lines whatsoever," said Brad Nelson, the head of the Pima County Elections  "Certainly, individuals when they go to the polls need to be prepared where they go and that's one of the things that's going to change. If you're somebody who only goes to vote during presidential elections and the last time you went to the poll was four years ago, make sure you know where your polling place is at because its likely changed since you last went to the polls."