5:50 P.M (MST)
Just over seven thousand ballots were cast in Tuesday’s general election in Yuma, with three open city council seats on the line.
So far Gary Knight is in the lead, receiving a vote on 52 percent of the ballots received.
Behind him are William Craft and Gary Wright, incumbent Paul Johnson is currently in fourth place, with Jacob miller and Daniel Sanchez bringing up the rear.
But these numbers could all change.
Public Affairs Coordinator for the City of Yuma Dave Nash explains; “There are 815 ballots yet to be counted, most of those are the so called 'late earlies' who turned their ballots in on the last day or two of the process."
That number also includes 99 provisional ballots.
Nash says they received no complaints from voters during the election.
"There were no issues with voting at the polls, there were no lines basically," says Nash.
That can be seen as both good and bad.
An efficient election is what the city wants, but they are also disappointed by another round of low voter turnout, and want the public’s help fixing the problem.
"Voter turnout is generally low in Yuma, and if anything, we are experiencing a slight decline in voter turnout,” says Nash. If anyone has suggestions on how to better advertise city elections, we are open to all and any of those ideas.”