Last day to drop-off Primary ballots

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tuesday is election day for the City of Tucson, but not in the traditional sense.

Voters will choose a democrat to run for the Ward One council seat, and a Green Party candidate for Mayor, but this primary election marks the first time Tucsonans will vote using their mail ballots only.

Ballot counting is underway in the basement of City Hall.

"We've received well over 41,000 of the mail in ballots which puts us well above the 15% for voter turn out," said Michael Graham from the City of Tucson.

Fifteen percent voter turn out is an impressive figure considering the dismal numbers of past elections.

"Typical primary election, the best primary election we've had is a 12.6% voter turn out.  So, we've already surpassed that," said Graham.

Voter turnout will hit even higher heights Tuesday as mail-in ballots get dropped off at sites throughout the city.

However the mail ballot system fell short for some voters.

Some voters claim not to have received a ballot.

"Well it's a transition period.  When people understand they just mail it in it becomes easier and say, 'Wow, I saved an hour and a half,'" said Graham.

For some people voting simply slipped their mind when their ballot got buried by other mail.

With about 41,000 ballots already collected it appears Tucson is embracing the new trend.

"We've had some calls from people.  We've received some calls from county residents asking why they didn't receive a ballot in the mail.  We've received calls from people, the independent voters," said Graham.

It might take some getting used to, but as more voters get on board with the mail in system the city looks forward to record breaking turnouts.

Voters who received a ballot but did not mail it back in time can bring it to any one of the seven drop off sites from 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. Tuesday.

Ballot drop off locations can be found here.