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Phoenix voters to decide on light rail expansion

Posted at 4:58 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 21:02:43-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix voters will decide whether they want to continue the expansion of the Valley Metro light rail system.

A special election is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27. Registered voters will vote on two ballot measures that propose to amend City Charter provisions pertaining to Light Rail and City Pensions.

The first measure, Proposition 105, pertains to Light Rail. The second measure, Proposition 106, pertains to City of Phoenix Pensions.

The amendment in Proposition 105 would end all plans of construction, development or extensions of the light rail.

Read more about the propositions here.

The voting centers for this election will be open for three days:

  • Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27 (Election Day) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For faster service, voters are encouraged to bring their driver license, state-issued identification card or voter identification card.

Early mail-in ballots have already pushed overall turnout for Tuesday's special election higher than one held four years ago at the height of the Phoenix summer, when many people go on vacation to escape triple-digit temperatures.

hoenix spokesman Matthew Hamada says that by Friday the City Clerk had received back about 30% of early ballots it had mailed out, or about 21.5% of all registered city voters.

Polls will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the first unofficial results are expected to be posted online shortly afterward.