TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Voters will soon go to the polls to decide the question of Tusayan's incorporation. A March 9 special election will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, located along Highway 64. Official results from the election are expected to be available between 8-9 p.m. that night. Election results can be monitored online at the Coconino County Elections Web site, found at www.coconino.az.gov/elections.
According to Coconino County Recorder Candace Owens, roughly 50 percent of Tusayan's registered voters have already cast their ballot for the election.
"A voter can choose to vote early," Owens said, adding that any voters who fall within the boundary of the affected area can vote early at the Grand Canyon School, located within the national park.
"You are eligible to vote in the election if you're within the proposed boundaries of the election," Owens said. "By signing the signature roster, they are attesting that this is their address."
Anyone voting at a polling location must present identification before receiving a ballot, according to the Coconino County Elections Department, and that the form of identification used should match the precinct register.
"Like they would in any election, they would have to have some kind of ID that matches," Owens said. "We conduct every election the same."
Last minute campaigning can also be expected at the polling location, Owens said.
"On Election Day, if people are outside of the 75-foot limit, there can be electioneering. Both sides can give out their literature," Owens said.
County officials recently mailed the ballot to voters in the Tusayan area. In it were a number of ballot arguments for and against incorporating Tusayan. Arguments for and against incorporation have also sprung up on the Internet, as election administrators on both sides of the issue have launched viral campaigns, utilizing Web sites and online videos to promote their sides of the issue.
The question of incorporation is not a new one to voters in the area. The issue was first brought to voters in 2008, where it was voted down by a vote of 69 against and 56 for. The elections office recorded a 72 percent turnout for the vote, with 126 of the community's 174 registered voters taking part in the election.