Despite ability to mail in ballot, few have voted

Wed, Oct 21 2009 — Source: Tucson Weekly

There’s a huge X factor in this year’s city election: Pima County’s permanent early-voter list. In previous city elections, voters had to ask for a mail-in ballot. In this election, more than 62,000 early ballots went out automatically to city voters when early voting started on Oct. 8. There are roughly 224,000 registered voters in Tucson. Whether all those voters will care enough to mail ballots back in remains to be seen, but the numbers we got from Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez suggest that most Tucsonans aren’t in a rush to cast a ballot.