Elections officials have secured nearly all of the 397 locations needed across Maricopa County to stage next month’s presidential preference election.
Just last week, elections officials were seven locations short. They appealed to the public for help, and since then have reached agreements for six locations and are close to an agreement for the seventh location.
Four of the voting districts in need of polling places were in the East Valley — one in Chandler, one in Ahwatukee Foothills and two in Scottsdale.
“We were absolutely terrified that we were not going to be able to find a place to put these polling locations,” said Karen Osborne, county elections director.
Property owners came forward to offer assistance, she said.
“They’re not perfect, and they’re not exactly where we would want them, but we did what we had to do and just tried to use common sense,” Osborne said.
Time was growing short because the presidential preference election is set for Feb. 5.
The new East Valley polling locations:
• The Village at Lakewood Apartments, 15815 S. Lakewood Parkway W., Phoenix. That Ahwatukee Foothills site replaces Desert Vista High School , Osborne said.
• San Brisas Apartments, 900 N. Rural Road, Chandler. That location replaces a nearby Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints facility .
• New Vision Spiritual Growth Center, 9659 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. That polling place replaces Mountain View Presbyterian Church , Osborne said.
• City of Grace Church, 9610 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. The location replaces a fire station .
Churches are ideal voting places because they have ample parking and large meeting spaces where voting booths can be set up. Elections officials were disappointed to be turned away from a few churches this year.
“I understand their concerns; they don’t want to have the campaigning,” Osborne said. “Thank goodness these other people have allowed us to come to their facilities.”
Voters across the county can locate their polling places three ways: on sample ballots that will be mailed to voters before the election, by calling (602) 506-1511, or by going online at www.recorder.maricopa.gov.