Mail-in ballots should be sent in by Wednesday

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

PHOENIX — Voters with mail ballots should send those ballots in quickly.

That’s according to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who held a digital town hall Tuesday on Facebook.

“If you have your mail-in ballot, you should get that back in the mail by tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29) to make sure that election officials receive it on time,” Hobbs said.

In addition, early voting in-person is taking place at the Graham County General Service building.

She added that the Secretary of State’s Office has been working with county elections departments to provide a safe environment on primary election day, Aug. 4. That includes recommending the wearing of masks in the election centers and that voting booths will be a minimum of six-feet apart to adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing.

In Graham County, Republicans will be asked to choose between two for Sheriff — incumbent PJ Allred and challenger Greg Brown — and three seeking the open seat of Graham County Supervisor is Dist 2. — Preston Alder, Aaron Allen and John Howard. There are also two — Nolan Reidhead and Tiffany Shedd — seeking to be the Republican nominee for the November election for Congress.

On the Democratic side, the only challenge is for Congress, with incumbent Tom O’Halleran facing challenger Eva Putzova.

All other party races feature an unchallenged incumbent or the same number of candidates as positions up for election.

In the non-partisan races, Chris Gibbs is taking on incumbent Jason Kouts for Safford Mayor, and six are seeking election to three seats on the Safford City Council — incumbents Michael Andazola and Richard Ortega, and challengers Patrick Anderson, Dusti Brantner, Brad Hemphill and Michael Marble.

The council races in Thatcher and Pima have the same number of candidates as open seats.