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Property tax appears to lead in early Mesa voting

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Posted: Thursday, May 4, 2006 6:12 am | Updated: 2:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

With Election Day still nearly two weeks away, roughly 20,000 Mesa residents have already voted using early ballots — and indications are the more, the better for those who want to see the two tax measures pass.

According to the results of a Tribune poll released Wednesday, a slim majority of early voters cast their ballots in support of the property tax.

Still, the measure hasn’t received the same level of support from those who plan to vote but haven’t yet.

The property tax was failing by a significant margin in the overall poll of 401 registered voters conducted April 27 and 28 by the Behavior Research Center of Phoenix.

It was winning, however, among the 68 voters (17 percent) who had already cast their ballots in the May 16 election.

The sales tax measure, which was winning in the overall poll, had an even greater margin among those who had already voted.

On the property tax, 32 of the early voters surveyed (47 percent) cast their ballots in favor, 24 respondents (35 percent) voted against and 12 respondents (18 percent) refused to answer.

On the sales tax, 43 of the early voters (63 percent) cast their ballots in favor, 15 respondents (22 percent) voted against and 10 respondents (15 percent) refused to answer.

The Yes for Mesa campaign targeted early voters by mailing campaign literature to their home that included an early ballotrequest form. The No campaign, which has far less money than the yes group, did not mail any campaign materials.

“The ‘antis’ say they definitely plan to vote, but I’m curious why more of them haven’t taken advantage of early voting?” said Jim Haynes, president and CEO of the Behavior Research Center.

As of Wednesday, the Mesa City Clerk’s Office has received 37,340 requests for early ballots, with 19,894 of them returned so far.

Early ballot information

Friday: Last day to request an early ballot

May 12: Last day to vote early in person

May 16: Election Day

• All early ballots must be received by May 16

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