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Judy Hedding

City of Phoenix Special Election

By March 7, 2013

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On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the City of Phoenix will conduct a Special Election. There are three ballot proposals being decided. I have included a very brief description of each proposition, in my own words. There were no official arguments presented to the City of Phoenix that were opposed to any of these propositions; all official arguments posted were in favor of a yes vote on all three.

Proposition 201 - Reform of the City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement Plan
A yes vote on this proposition would mean that you are in favor of increasing employee age and service requirements for retirement qualification, and increasing employee contributions to the retirement system. Applies to employees hired by the City of Phoenix on or after July 1, 2013. Current employees would not be impacted by the passage of this proposition.

Proposition 202 - Reform of Investment Standards, Legal Status, And Funding Provisions for the City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement Plan
A yes vote on this proposition would mean that you are in favor of a prudent investor rule for the Retirement Board which directs investments for the City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement Plan. It would also add provisions to the the City Charter confirming that the City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement Plan is a tax-exempt governmental retirement plan and is administered in accordance with applicable federal tax laws.

Proposition 300 - Transit Security
A yes vote on this proposition would mean that you are in favor of authorizing Phoenix to contract with private security companies to enforce civil ordinances relating to conduct on light rail vehicles, platforms, and city buses, including paying of fares, smoking and illegal crossing of tracks.

You can see the full wording, in English and Spanish, of all the propositions in the sample ballot and publicity pamphlet that was mailed to all registered voters earlier.

Where To Vote

Phoenix will again be using voting centers instead of assigned polling places for this election. Anyone who is eligible to vote in this election can go to any one of the 27 voting centers in Phoenix to cast a ballot. That means that you can go to the one closest to home, closest to work, closest to school or anywhere along the way -- as long as you use one of the designated locations.

Voting centers will be open:

Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, March 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
In order to vote you must show ID. One form of the following types of photo ID with name and address will be accepted:
  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other from of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification
If you don't have any of those types of photo ID, you might be able to use two forms of non-photo ID. If you received an early ballot by mail, but have not yet voted and returned the ballot, you may complete the ballot, put it in the envelope, complete the envelope instructions and then drop it off at any voting center.

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