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The Prickly brief: Arizona election no one is talking about could affect your daily life the most

Welcome to the second episode of Prickly, a podcast from KJZZ’s Politics Desk. Subscribe here or wherever you get your podcasts, and don’t forget to  subscribe to the Prickly newsletter.

While most of the focus in Arizona recently has been on last week’s Presidential Preference Election, there’s another election going on that could have wide-ranging effects on many residents’ everyday lives: the April 2 election for the boards and other bodies that govern the Salt River Project.

  • Eligible voters will pick who will fill seats on the boards and councils that make big decisions and recommendations for SRP’s Association and District, which provide water and power services to more than 2 million people in Arizona.

  • Not all SRP rate payers are eligible to vote. Only property owners who live within SRP’s original boundaries can vote in the election. Residents can check their eligibility on SRP’s website or call 602-236-3048.

  • Voters can sign up to receive a ballot by mail, but the deadline to request that ballot for this election passed on March 22. Voters can still vote in person at SRP’s voting center in Tempe between now and Election Day. That center is located at 1500 N. Mill Ave. and is open  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day on April 2.

Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.