Voters Who Recently Moved May Need to Take Extra Steps to Cast Ballot

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By Ray Stern

This Tuesday's election is a big one, and no one who participates would want their vote to end up on the cutting room floor. Yet Arizona's 2004 voter identification law can make the process somewhat confusing for people who have recently moved.

To help those folks out, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's office put out a press release this evening that explains what to do. The gist of it is that you'll be using a provisional ballot to vote if you moved within your county but did not update election records. If you moved to a different county after October 6, it looks like you'll have to drive to your old 'hood to vote.

The complete press release follows:

Two Election Rules for Voters Who Have Recently Moved

(Phoenix, Ariz. - October 30, 2008) With a rising number of homeowners
dealing with foreclosure, many voters may wonder where they should vote
if they have recently moved. Secretary of State Jan Brewer and Attorney
General Terry Goddard today provided the following reminder to ensure
that no Arizona voters will be disenfranchised because of a recent move
or foreclosure.

Arizona law requires voters to be registered to vote at the address
where they actually reside. Two simple voting rules apply for those who
have recently moved for any reason, whether or not related to a
foreclosure:

1. If you moved within the same county, but didn’t update your
registration address: You must vote in the polling place where you live
as of Election Day. You will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

To receive a provisional ballot, you must bring valid identification
with you to the polling place, showing your address. That means you will
need either one (1) form of valid photo identification with your current
or previous address or two (2) forms of valid non-photo identification
with your current or previous address. You will receive a regular
provisional ballot regardless of whether your identification shows your
current address as of Election Day or your previous address.

By filling out the provisional ballot form at the polling place, your
address will be updated so there is no need to fill out a separate voter
registration form.

2. If you moved to a different county AFTER October 6, 2008: Because
you moved after the deadline to register in your new county, you must
vote in the polling place where you WERE registered as of October 6,
2008.

If you have valid identification showing your PREVIOUS address, you
will vote a regular ballot at the polling place where you were
previously registered. To receive a regular ballot, you will need either
one (1) form of valid photo identification with your PREVIOUS address or
two (2) forms of valid non-photo identification with your PREVIOUS
address.

If you have valid identification showing your CURRENT address, you will
vote a provisional ballot at the polling place where you were previously
registered. To receive a provisional ballot, you will need either one
(1) form of valid photo identification with your CURRENT address or two
(2) forms of valid non-photo identification with your CURRENT address.

For future elections, however, you will need to register in your new
county.

ALL Arizona voters, whether or not they’ve moved, must bring valid
identification to vote at the polls. If you do not bring identification
with you, you will be allowed to cast a conditional provisional ballot.
For that ballot to be counted, you MUST present valid identification on
or before 5 p.m. on November 12, 2008. At the polling place, you should
request instructions about the procedure for producing such
identification after Election Day.

For more information, including questions or concerns that arise on
Election Day, voters should contact their county elections department.
Contact information for these departments is available at the Secretary
of State’s Web site, www.azsos.gov.


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