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7/26/2014 1:20:00 PM
Editorial: Register to vote Monday; local elections need your voice

Monday is the final day to register to vote in what traditionally has been called an off-year primary election.

But with changes in Arizona law, this off-year is hardly a ho-hum election, especially at the local level.

For reasons that still beg for debate, Arizona lawmakers decided that municipal elections, traditionally held in the spring, now will be contested in August and November. In 2014, both Clarkdale and Jerome will contest their first fall elections.

Most noteworthy, Arizonans will decide their Republican and Democrat nominees for governor, as well as the banner-carriers for Arizona legislative and congressional posts.

Locally, Jerome boasts one of the most competitive ballots seen in the Verde Valley in decades as 11 contenders compete for posts on the five-member town council. Equally important is a citizen referendum that asks voters to overturn the council-approved vacation rentals ordinance.

In Clarkdale, voters will decide the always-crucial home rule measure that gives the town financial latitude well above and beyond the restrictive state formula for revenue limitation.

Looking ahead to the November ballot, voters will decide school board races as well as the Mingus override and Cottonwood-Oak Creek bond questions. Fire districts, too, will be on the general election ballot.

Locally, the August-November ballots hardly fall into the inconsequential off-year election category.

If you are not already registered to vote, make sure you register on Monday.

And vote. Much is at stake.

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