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Yavapai County Officials Call For “Ballot-By-Mail” For 2020 Elections In Arizona

The Yavapai County recorder’s and election’s office has sent a letter to the state government, urging the them to make this year’s elections ballot-by-mail. County Recorder Leslie Hoffman and Elections Director Lynn Constable sent the letter to Governor Ducey, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and the state legislature on Friday. They want the state to “immediately take all actions necessary” to allow August’s primary and the general election in November to be by mail only. They say the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the ability of people to gather in groups makes it impossible to conduct in-person elections in a safe and effective manner. They also mention the safety of poll workers as a concern, as well as the availability of voting centers. Hoffman and Constable also say the large majority of Yavapai County voters already vote-by-mail. Of the voters in the county, about 85-percent of them chose that route.