Arizona Special Election Voter Guide

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Voters in southeastern Arizona go to the polls Tuesday to elect a successor to Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords resigned her post in late January and Gov. Jan Brewer proclaimed a special election will be held. The winner will serve the rest of the term.

Where will the election take place?

The Eighth District in southeastern Arizona encompasses Cochise County, adjacent to the border of New Mexico. A portion of Santa Cruz County is included as well as parts of Pima County, Pinal County and Tucson.

Who is on the ballot?

There are three candidates. Ron Barber is a Democrat and a former aide to Giffords. Jesse Kelly was the Republican choice against Giffords in the November 2010 midterm elections. Charlie Manolakis is the Green Party candidate. All three are from Tucson.

What times are polls open?

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where can voters find their polling places?

Voters can find their polling places on the secretary of state's website. Voters will need their last name, a voter ID or driver's license, birth date and county of residence. A list of polling places in Pima County can be found on the Pima County elections website. Cochise County also lists every polling place on its website.

What do voters need to bring to the polls?

Voters must prove their name and address match with what is on the voter registration list. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, state ID or a government-issued ID. Two of the following are required if the photo or government ID lack current information: a utility bill less than 90 days old, a bank statement less than 90 days old, a vehicle registration, vehicle insurance card, a property tax statement and/or a tribal enrollment card.

How many voters might turn out?

There are 352 precincts. There were 130,817 registered Democrats as of April 17, Republican voters numbered 156,319 and there were 124,129 in the "other" category. A total of 283,578 votes were cast in the November 2010 election.

What is the experience of each candidate?

Barber has never run for public office and is a former small-business owner. Kelly is an Iraq War veteran who works for his family construction company. Kelly's previous election experience goes back to 2010. Manolakis has no previous political experience.

William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics. Born in St. Louis, Browning is active in local politics and served as a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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