How late can a special election be ordered and still keep the November 3 election date? Election officials told our reporter today (Aug. 10), that deadlines may be statutorily dictated, but that doesn’t mean they are etched in stone.
“With early voting, we don’t really have a Nov 3 election,” said Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne. “We have an October 8 election, and [the U.S. Department of] Justice needs 60 days to pre-clear. The pre-clearance extends to the designation of polling places, which itself is something only the Board of Supervisors can do. And statute requires that the Board does that by a specific number of days prior to the election [see A.R.S. 16-411]. So, we are really knocking on the door [of the deadline].”
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