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Maricopa County Recorder Adds 54 Polling Sites For May 17 Special Election

line of voters
(Photo by Jacob McAuliffe - KJZZ)
Many polling place lines, like this one at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, wrapped on for hours on March 22, 2016.

Voters in Maricopa County will now have more polling locations to choose from in next month’s special election. The Recorder’s office increased the number of polling places in Maricopa County from 62 to 116.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell says the extra polling locations were added to prevent the hours long waits that many voters experienced during last month’s Presidential Preference Election.

Some of the areas getting additional polls include Glendale, North Central Phoenix and South Phoenix.

The Maricopa County board of supervisors still must approve the list. It’s currently on the agenda for their April 20 meeting.  

Items on the ballot for the May 17 election include the education funding proposal, Proposition 123, and Proposition 124, which deals with pension reform for public safety personnel.

In the map below, click the slider in the top left corner to toggle between polling places for the Feb. 28, 2012 Presidential Preference Election (red), the March 22, 2016 Presidential Preference Election (green) and the May 17, 2016 Special Election (blue). Data from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.