Paul's Note - May 8th, 2020

We have a whole range of offices that we need to make choices on this year from constable to president. With the primary coming up on August 4th, there are all kinds of questions about how we will safely conduct our election.

For years here in Arizona, you have had the option to vote from home. Starting this week, Pima County voters can sign up online to vote by mail for the 2020 Primary Election.

An easy-to-use website, https://www.recorder.pima.gov/BallotByMail, allows voters to request early ballots to be mailed for the upcoming Primary Election. Voters may also print a form to request a ballot by mail for the Primary and General Elections: https://www.recorder.pima.gov/docs/Ballot%20by%20Mail%20Request.pdf .

F. Ann Rodriguez, our county recorder, wants to make sure that all voters know about this option to protect not just themselves but other voters and election workers.

A separate request must be made for each person requesting a ballot by mail, even if they live at the same address.

To qualify for an early ballot and vote by mail:

You must be registered to vote at least 29 days before the election day.

You must be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election. For the August 4, 2020, Primary Election, voters must request a ballot by mail by 5:00 p.m. on July 24, 2020. If voters do not have access to the internet, they may call the Recorder’s office at 520-724-4353 and request a ballot to be mailed to them for the 2020 elections.

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Many of the city’s boards and commissions are still operating while taking social distancing precautions. We have an opening on one of those committees, the Board of Adjustment.

The Board of Adjustment is a Mayor and Council appointed Board that consist of seven members.  The Board hears land use cases that for example require variances to the Unified Development Code or appeals to a Zoning Administrator's decision.  They typically meet once a month, hold a study session, and take formal action.  In addition to their formal meeting, it is not unusual for the Board to take a field trip to project sites.  The total time commitment is about four hours per month.

If you are interested in being on the board, send your resume to my staff at ward2@tucsonaz.gov.

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The Tucson Police Department sent us some word about what they are doing during the current public health emergency.

TPD has 20 officers and CSOs (both English and Spanish speakers) donating their own time to deliver meals they pick up at St. Mary’s Hospital through Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona.  These efforts will continue so long as the need persists.

In addition, Community Engagement Coordinator Margo Susco (a one-time small business owner) continues to work with the Office of Economic Initiatives to assist small business during their greatest time of need.  This generally involves 3 to 4 clients a week (initial calls, research, email, and follow-up).  Margo will roll these small businesses into our Business Watch Program.

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Hey Ward 2, stay safe. Wear a mask when you are out in public and wash your hands.