In the up coming Presidential election, voting may be a little different in Yuma County. The number of polling sites needed is much smaller because early voting is the popular way to go. So, Yuma County wants to simplify by consolidating from 42 polling locations to about 10 to 15 locations.
Yuma County Recorder Robyn Stallworth Pouquette, said every election it’s the same story, “We receive hundreds and hundreds of calls every election from frustrated voters that have gone to the wrong place.”
So Yuma County plans to do something about it. Pouquette said new legislation allows them to have Vote Centers, locations open to all registered voters. Yuma would be the first county in Arizona to adopt the Vote Center.
“(It’s) a handful of given locations where you can vote by your place of employment, you can vote by your chilld’s school, you can vote by your house, you can make that decision based on your activities on election day,” explained Pouquette.
This system is aimed at making the voting process easier for voters, potentially get more people out to the polls and it’s said to save about $50,000 in election costs. So, no more worrying about which precinct you’re in or how you’ll make it across town in time to get to the right location.
“They want to make sure that polling sites or vote centers are on major streets and aren’t difficult to get to and not difficult to find directions for and more visible to people who are utilizing them on election day,” said Pouquette.
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