Stephanie Morse

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Election Day: Voters share their stories, officials highlight turnout

Check back for updates on the Arizona midterm election throughout the day.

Chandler: Voter travels to three polling locations to cast ballot

Voter Lee Worthington said he tried to vote early Tuesday morning, but when he went to his assigned polling place, the line was out the door.

He went to Chandler City Hall instead, and workers told him they couldn’t print his ballot, he said.

He then headed to Tumbleweed Recreation Center, where he voted quickly – and he headed back to City Hall to tell others in line there.

He said his biggest frustration was “not having someone who could give me answers or point me in the right direction.”

Worthington said the main reason he was so persistent was his interest in Proposition 126, which would constitutionally prohibit the state from imposing a sales tax on services. He said the proposition would affect real-estate agents who he works with and raise the cost of living.

Flagstaff: Contested races, ballot propositions increase turnout

Voters are energized and turning out in a higher than normal numbers in the Flagstaff area, Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen said.

“It’s too early to tell, but there seems to be a lot more interest in this election,” Hansen said.

She said her office already has processed nearly 30,000 early ballots and still has 5,000 more to process from the weekend. She said about 4,000 people had voted Tuesday morning.

Hansen compared that to the 2014 midterms, when or nearly 38,000 people voted. She said she expects competitive races are driving higher turnout this year.

“There’s contested races at the top of the ticket, like U.S. Senate or governor,” Hansen said. “Also, ballot questions drive interest, and we have some statewide and local ones this year.”

Hansen said the elections in her county have run smoothly Tuesday morning, and they have faced no technical difficulties or long lines.

Cronkite News reporters Alexis Potter contributed to this article

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