The city of Tempe is deciding whether to conduct March and May 2018 elections by mail as a result of data showing that early voting has become overwhelmingly popular in the jurisdiction.
Almost 94 percent of voters chose early voting in March 2016 city races, according to an announcement. A move to all-mail voting for city elections would save the municipality $110,000 for the upcoming March and May elections.
To get public input, the local government has scheduled two forum dates: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 and from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 15. Both sessions will be at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. During the forums, city and county officials will be available for question and answer sessions.
Additionally, residents can submit their responses online. City council leaders will review feedback at its Sept. 18 public work session.
If the City Council opts to make local elections mail-only, then it will modify existing early voting procedures, the announcement said. All registered voters would receive ballots by mail 27 days in advance of the election date and a designated ballot center would be available for obtaining replacement ballots, dropping off ballots in person or voting in person.