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2016 CANDIDATE ELECTIONS

AUGUST 30, 2016 PRIMARY/SPECIAL ELECTION - CANCELLED

GENERAL/SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016

 

The Scottsdale City Charter authorizes the cancellation of a primary election if there are no more than two candidates for each vacancy.  By the June 1, 2016, candidate filing deadline, two candidates had filed nominating petitions for the office of Mayor and four candidates had filed nominating petitions for three Council seats.  As a result, the August 30, 2016 Primary/Special Election has been cancelled, and the two candidates for Mayor and the four candidates for Council advance to the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.       

The August 30, 2016 Special Election has also been cancelled and rescheduled to run concurrently with the November 8, 2016 General Election.  The Special Election refers to the voters, as Proposition 490, a Scottsdale City Charter amendment, adopted by the Scottsdale City Council in Ordinance No. 4247.

Proposition 490 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter.  The amendment, if approved by the voters, would correct outdated Charter language to accurately reflect:  1) when Scottsdale candidate elections are held; and 2) when Mayor and Councilmember terms begin.

Ballot Language

Proposition 490 will be presented to the qualified voters of the City of Scottsdale in a publicity pamphlet.  The pamphlet will be mailed to the households of all registered voters prior to the start of early voting.  

Arguments “for” or “against” Proposition 490 may be submitted for publication in the pamphlet.  Each argument cannot exceed 300 words in length and must contain the original, notarized signature of each person sponsoring it.  The residence or post office address and phone number of each signer must be on the argument, but will not be printed in the pamphlet.  If an argument is sponsored by an organization, the original, notarized signatures of two executive officers of the organization are required.  If an argument is sponsored by a political committee, the original, notarized signature of the committee’s chair or treasurer is required. A payment of $100.00, to offset a portion of the cost of paper and printing the argument, must accompany the filing of each argument. 

Arguments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the following location:

Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office,
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

The Publicity/Candidate Information Pamphlet will be mailed to all registered voter households approximately thirty days prior to the November 8, 2016 General/Special Election.  A Spanish version of the pamphlet will be available online (http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/elections/espanol) and at the following Scottsdale locations beginning October 12, 2016:

Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, 480-312-2412
Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 East Osborn Road, 480-312-2529 
Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt Street, 480-312-2330
Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive, 480-312-7323
Arabian Library, 10215 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, 480-312-7323
Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, 480-312-7323
Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street, 480-312-7323
Palomino Library, 12575 East Via Linda, 480-312-7323

To have a Spanish or large print version of the pamphlet mailed to you, call 480-312-2412, or write to the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office at the address below.  

Residents must be registered to vote by Monday, October 10, 2016 to be qualified to vote in the City of Scottsdale General/Special Election.  Qualified City electors may apply for early ballots for the General/Special Election beginning Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Official ballots will be available beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

The polling places used in the City of Scottsdale will be the polling places established by Maricopa County and used for conducting previous elections in the City of Scottsdale, if available.  The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early Ballot Alternate Address Request

The U.S. Postal Service cannot automatically forward a ballot to another address. If you will be out of town this summer and would like to receive an early ballot for Scottsdale’s Primary/Special Election, you must register your alternate mailing address with Maricopa County Elections. Your written request must include the following:

Full name
Date of birth
Maricopa County residence address
Mail-to address
Signature
A note giving Maricopa County permission to send your early ballot to the address provided

You can fax this written request to 602-506-5112 or you can mail it to:

Maricopa County Elections
Attn: Early Voting
510 S. 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85003

For more information, please contact the Scottsdale City Clerk at 480-312-2411
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251