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As October begins, voting season kicks into high gear. Early ballots will be mailed starting Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Voting also begins Oct. 7 for the Nov. 3 election. The voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 5. 

The Nov. 3 election is the final election held between nominees of various parties, as well as nonpartisan races including school board elections, bonds, ballot propositions and initiatives.

Registered voters can vote by mail or in person. In-person voting begins Oct. 7, through Election Day. 

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Congressional District 8 will debate challenger Mike Muscato at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. The debate is to be broadcast on Arizona PBS Channel 8, with a 10 p.m. replay.

Several school districts are asking West Valley residents for funding.

The Avondale Elementary School District requests a continuation of the existing 15% override. If approved, the $5.1 million override would cost the owner of a home with a limited property value of $123,470 (the average value of a home in the district) approximately $139 per year, according to ballot information.

Buckeye Union High School District residents will decide on an $87 million bond for classroom additions, classroom remodels/expansions, student technology, transportation vehicles and athletic facilities renovation.

According to Buckeye Union ballot information, “The tax impact over the term of the bonds on an owner-occupied residence valued by the county assessor at $250,000 is estimated to be $148.98 per year for 26 years, or $3,873.48 total cost.”

Liberty Elementary School District residents will decide on a continuation of the existing 10% override of about $2.4 million. According to ballot information, “The estimated continuation cost of the full override to an owner of a home with a limited property value of $168,170 (the average value of a home in the district) would be approximately $136 per year.”

Saddle Mountain Unified School District residents will vote on a continuation of the existing 10% override. The estimated continuation cost of the full override to an owner of a home with a limited property value of $116,650 (the average value of a home in the district) would be approximately $20 per year.

In the Tolleson Elementary School District, voters will decide on a continuation of the existing 15% override. The estimated continuation cost of the full override to an owner of a home with a limited property value of $85,510 (the average value of a home in the district) would be approximately $101 per year.

Tolleson Union High School District residents will decide on a continuation of the existing 15% override. The estimated continuation cost of the full override to an owner of a home with a limited property value of $106,100 (the average value of a home in the district) would be approximately $95 per year.

West Valley voters also will decide on school board representatives.

Buckeye Elementary School District voters will choose from Amy Lovitt, Michael Melton, Brett Benninghoff and Richard Hopkins for three open seats.

Six filed as Buckeye Union High School District board candidates for three open seats: Morris Seeskin, Megan Blackburn, Jeffrey Brady,  Kristi Bencomo, Paul Jensen and Brian Turner.

Five candidates filed as Litchfield Elementary School District governing board candidates for three open seats: Ryan Risselman, Tawnya Pfitzer, Jeremy Hoenack, Danielle Clymer and Melissa Zuidema.

Four candidates filed as Littleton Elementary School District governing board candidates for three open seats: Sara Contreras, Kathy Reyes, John Raeder and Sophia Johnson.

Other West Valley districts canceled elections, due to a lack of competition.

Agua Fria Union High School District residents will not vote, as only Kristen Acton, Gina DeCoste and Trey Terry filed for three open board seats. They will be appointed.

Similarly, Avondale Elementary School District will not have an election, as Amy Lowe, Mark Gonzales, Megan Griego, Elizabeth Canchola and Robert Vernier were the only candidates to file for the five open board positions.

Liberty Elementary School District will not have an election for the governing board, with only three candidates for the three open seats: Suzanne McEvoy, Jamie Miller and Paul Bixler. (William Jennings withdrew his candidacy.)

And only three filed as Saddle Mountain Unified School District governing board candidates for the same number of open seats: Bernadette Delacruz, Bonnie Hudson and Paul Roetto.

Tolleson Elementary and Tolleson Union High school districts will not have elections.

Due to a lack of competition, Anthony Aponte, Belinda Quezada and Roberta Garcia will be appointed to the Tolleson Elementary School District governing board and Steven Chapman, Kino Flores and Freddie Villalon will be appointed to the Tolleson Union High School District governing board.

All voting locations will follow strict physical distancing and cleaning guidelines, according to the county.

Oct. 23 is the last day to request a ballot in the mail.

For more information, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.

To check on your voting status, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/BeBallotReady.