Robin R. Boyd
( 928) 289" 2422
Fax ( 928) 289- 3742'
. TDD ( 928) 289- 4784
Thomas R. Chacon, Sr.
Discover Winslow- A City in Motion
September 26, 2008
Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington, Senate Wing
Phoenix, AZ 85007
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington, House Wing
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Re: City of Winslow Primary & General Mail Ballot Elections
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The City of Winslow conducted its fifth mail ballot election for our March 11, 2008 Primary Election and
its sixth mail ballot election for our May 20, 2008 General/ Special Election. Pursuant to ARS § 16- 409. B,
our Mail Ballot Election Report is enclosed. The report addresses all required information.
On August 9,2005, the Mayor and Council adopted a resolution establishing election procedures for City
of Winslow elections which states that all future city elections will be conducted using mail ballots. As
you will see from the attached report, our voter turnout increased by 19.25% from our 2004 General
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require further information.
. J9' 1 i< J~* 1LL
Suzy Wetzel, CMC
cc: Mayor & City Council
Jim Ferguson, City Manager
Dale Patton, City Attorney
City Hall- 21 Williamson Avenue - Winslow, Arizona 86047 - ( 928) 289- 2422
www. ci. winslow. az. us
1. Changes in Voter Turnout OFFICE Ot IHt rKt~ IDENT
Election Date # Registered Voters # Ballots Cast % Voter Turnout
I Primary Election
03/ 14/ 00 . j # unavailable 994 jl unknown
l GeneralElection ]# I 05/ 16/ 00 unavailable 1207 .• ; unknown
( Sales Tax) # unavailable 493 unknown
l 05/ 15/ 01
I ~~ IIIClI y Election
~/ 1? 1fI? # unavailable , 1043 unknown . ....
OS/ 21/ 02
( included Recall,
Charter Amendment 4448 1262 28.4%
Questions & 2% Tax
on Transient Lodging
Election # unavailable 191 unknown
03/ 11/ 03
05/ 18/ 04 4008 1052 26.25% .. .... . .
•• Referendum 4156 1940 46.68%
09/ 13/ 05
Election* 3510 1836 52.31%
11/ 08/ 05
Election* 3502 1496 42.7%
05/ 16/ 06
05/ 15/ 07 3681 1280 • 34.8%
03/ 11/ 08 3299 1502
• Election* 3345 45.5%
OS/ 20/ 08
* Mail Ballot Election
2. Cost of Mail Ballot Election Compared to Traditional Elections
Mar/ May 2000
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Mar/ May 2002
I Mar/ MaY · · 2004
Mar/ May 2006
$ 21; 0831
$ 13; 9913
# Ballots Cast
Unknown due to # of
Unknown due to # of
3. Suggestions for Improvements or Refinements in the Mail Ballot Program
Voter feedback with this election was very positive and voters seemed satisfied with
4. Frequency and Severity of Mail Ballot Irregularities
A total of 40 ballots were rejected and not counted for our March Primary Election
with a total of 15 ballots rejected and not counted for our May General/ Special
5. Voter Satisfaction with the Process
This was the City of Winslow's fifth and sixth all mail ballot election and, as shown
with the number of ballots cast, voters are becoming more and more used to the
City Hall served as a ballot drop off site for both the Primary and General Elections
with a total of 216 ballots received for the March Primary Election and 361 ballots
received for the May General/ Special Election.
6. Number of Non- Deliverable Ballots
Address- Correction- Requested Postcards were sent out to all registered voters prior
to the March Primary Election to assist with updating the voter registration list. This
proved to be beneficial as information from the Navajo County Recorder's Office
indicated that there were very few non- deliverable ballots returned to the county
( approximately 15 for each election).
1 This election included a recall, charter amendment questions, bond questions & a 2% tax on transient
lodging of rentals on the ballot, making it necessary to prepare and mail out publicity pamphlets.
2 This election involved only one election board and one tally board instead of two which decreased the
cost of the election.
3 This election was a referendum election which required a publicity pamphlet. Since this was the city's
first mail ballot election, additional advertising was done and postcards were mailed to every registered
voter to update the voter registration list.
4 This election included the special 1% sales tax on the ballot making it necessary to prepare and mail out
5 This election was a special election for the 2% tax on transient lodging of rentals wherein it was
necessary to prepare and mail out publicity pamphlets.
& r" his election included the cost of mailing out postcards to update the voter registration list and reflects
an increased cost for advertising legals in the local paper.
7This election included ten propositions on the ballot making it necessary to prepare and mail out
publicity pamphlets. Additional advertising was also done regarding the propositions.
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