Tuesday is election day in Tucson

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TUCSON, Ariz. - A larger than expected number of Tucson voters have already returned the ballots they got in their mail box in advance of Tuesday's primary election.

That's a bit surprising since there are only two contested races on the Tuesday ballot-- for the Democratic nomination for Ward 1 council and for who will be the Green Party candidate for Mayor.

Officials say a normal turnout in a city primary election is around 12% of the total electorate.  The number of ballots returned so far in this election is close to 20%.

The presumptive Democratic nominee, Jonathan Rothschild, will face off in November with the winner of the Green Party primary -- Dave Croteau or Mary DeCamp -- and likely a candidate from the Republican Party.  Rick Grinnell must get 1,060 people to write in his name in the primary before his name will appear on the general election ballot.  The clerk's office says more than 9,000 registered Republicans have returned their ballot.

In Ward One, incumbent Regina Romero is facing a primary challenge from Joe Flores.

If you received a ballot in the mail, and have not returned it, you need to take steps to make sure it gets into the City Clerk's office no later than 7P.M. Tuesday if you want your vote to count.

The city has set up seven places where you can do that on Tuesday, one in each ward and the clerk's office. At the locations below, you can either hand in your completed ballot, or request a replacement ballot and vote there.  All seven locations will open at 6 A.M. and close at 7 P.M. on Tuesday.

  • In Ward One, you can take your ballot to the Valencia Branch Library at 202 West Valencia Road.
  • In Ward Two, you can take your ballot to the Udall Park Recreation Center at 7200 East Tanque Verde Road.
  • In Ward Three, you can take  your ballot to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road.
  • In Ward Four, you can take your ballot to the Clements Center at 8155 E. Poinciana Drive.
  • In Ward Five, you can take your ballot to the Quincie Douglas Library at 1585 East 36th Street.
  • In Ward Six, you can take your ballot to the Randolph Golf Complex at 600 South Randolph Way.
  • You can also go to the City Clerk Election Office at 800 East 12th Street.

Fox 11 News at 9 will have the first results for you on Tuesday night.