Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register October 15 at 11:59pm.
Online Link to Application: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here:
Update Registration Here: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to Order Absentee mail Ballot: September 29, 2020
Application for Absentee Ballot: https://my.arizona.vote/Early/ApplicationLogin.aspx
Check Status of your Absentee Mail Ballot: https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be postmarked and received on or before Nov 3rd
- Ballot can either be mailed or hand-delivered to any Division of Elections office or any Voting Location
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
- Arizona does not have the Surrender Rule. Even if you surrender your mail-in (absentee) ballot at the polling place on Election Day, they will still make you vote with a provisional ballot.
- Arizona voters should be instructed to locate and fill out their mail-in ballots. If they cannot locate it, they should request a replacement ballot to ensure they are not forced to vote with a provisional ballot in-person at the polling location
- Source: https://www.recorder.pima.gov/faq_voter_provisional#g
- Arizona state law requires that a voter’s name be flagged on the poll roster as soon as they request a ballot by mail. Arizona poll workers do not have any information to indicate whether or not the voter has actually returned that ballot by mail. Even if the voter brings their ballot by mail with them to the polling place, that voter could have requested a replacement ballot and voted by that ballot. Thus, Arizona requires even those who surrender their mailed-out ballot on Election Day to vote provisional “to make certain that no one is voting twice in an election.”
4. Early Voting Information
- In-person early Voting is available starting 27 days prior to Election Day until 5pm on the Friday before Election Day. Oct 7, 2020 – Oct 30, 2020.
- Hours of operation may vary by location. Locations typically include the County Recorder’s Office, as well as designated locations across the voter’s county. County records, or other officer in charge of elections determine the availability of on-site early voting locations.
- The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission publishes the location and hours for in-person early voting on their website: https://www.azcleanelections.gov/how-to-vote/early-voting/in-person
- ID is required if you vote early in person, or at a polling place or voting center on Election Day.
- If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning 27 days before the election. Voters not on PEVL may make a one-time early ballot request.
- The County Recorder and/or Officer in Charge of Elections may determine that an election will be “All Ballot by Mail”. This means that the county will automatically mail a ballot to every eligible voter, regardless if they requested it. The county will set up ballot replacement centers throughout the county where voters can receive a replacement ballot if they never received theirs or spoiled their ballot and need a new one. For those voters that prefer to vote in person, they may also visit a ballot replacement center to receive their ballot in person and vote it onsite. On Election Day, there will not be traditional polling places, only ballot replacement centers.
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://azsos.gov or call Arizona Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs 602.542.4285 or the Election line (toll-free in Arizona) 1.877.843.8683.
5. Be a Poll Worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 18 and over, and a registered voter in their county
- Fill out Online Application Here: https://azsos.gov/pollworker-signup
6. Additional Questions?