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Voter Registration in Arizona

Eligibility
Check your eligibility.

Source: Arizona State Legislature:
To register to vote in Arizona you must meet the follwoing qualifications:

A. Every resident of the state is qualified to register to vote if they:

1.  Are a citizen of the United States.

2. Will be eighteen years of age or more on or before the date of the regular general election next following his registration.

3. Will have been a resident of the state twenty-nine days next preceding the election, except as provided in section 16-126.

4. Are able to write their name or make their mark, unless prevented from so doing by physical disability.

5. Have not been convicted of treason or a felony, unless restored to civil rights.

6. Have not been adjudicated an incapacitated person as defined in section 14-5101.

B. For purposes of this title, "resident" means an individual who has actual physical presence in this state, or for purposes of a political subdivision actual physical presence in the political subdivision, combined with an intent to remain. A temporary absence does not result in a loss of residence if the individual has an intent to return following his absence. An individual has only one residence for purposes of this title.

(Source: State of Arizona Secretary of State):

For information regarding proof of citizenship and the ability to vote in federal, state, county, and local elections, visit our Proof of Citizenship Requirements page.

You cannot register to vote in Arizona if :

  • You have been convicted of a felony and have not yet had your civil rights restored*
  • You have been adjudicated incapacitated by a court of law.

*Note: For a first-time felony conviction, civil rights are automatically restored upon completion of a person's sentence and payment of any fines and restitution.

Deadline

The deadline to update your voter registration or register to vote in an upcoming election is midnight on the 29th day before the election. 

For the 2020 Presidential Preference Election, the deadline to register or update your registration is midnight on February 18, 2020. 
For the 2020 State Primary Election, the deadline to register or update your registration is midnight on July 6, 2020. 
For the 2020 General Election, the deadline is midnight on October 5, 2020.

All voter registration deadlines, including for local elections. All voter registration forms sent by U.S. mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline.

 

Online registration

  • If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) you may register to vote through Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration
    1. Log on to Service Arizona
    2. Select your language preference, then click “Begin/Update Voter Registration”
    3. Verify your voter eligibility
    4. Enter your information in the required fields
    5. Verify address information
    6. You can now select your party preference

If you are having trouble logging in to the Service Arizona website, you can print off a Voter Registration Form (PDF) and fill it out with your new information. After you finish, mail the completed form to your County Recorder’s office and your information will be processed.

 

Mail-in registration

 You can either print off a form online (PDF) or request that a registration form be mailed to you from your County Recorder. After completing the voter registration form, mail it to your county recorder’s office.
 

In Person

 

  • Address Confidentiality Program Members – You should only register to vote through the ACP process.


              

Updating registration  

You should update your voter information if any of the following apply:

You recently moved to a new address
Your name has been legally changed

You would like to change your political party affiliation

 

Online:  If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) you may update your voter registration online.

  1. Log on to Service Arizona 
  2. Select your language preference, then click “Begin/Update Voter Registration”
  3. Verify your voter eligibility
  4. Enter your information in the required fields
  5. Update your address if you have moved, otherwise select No on question A & B and click continue.
  6. You can now update any other information that has changed, including your name or party preference

If you are having trouble logging in to the Service Arizona website, you can print off a Voter Registration Form (PDF) and fill it out with your new information. After you finish, mail the completed form to your  County Recorder’s office and your information will be updated.

By Mail – You can either print off a form online (PDF) or request that a registration form be mailed to you from your County Recorder. After completing the voter registration form, mail it to your county recorder’s office.

In-Person – You may visit your County Recorder’s office and fill out a registration form in person.

Address Confidentiality Program Members – You should update your voter registration through the ACP process.

After you have successfully updated your registration to vote you will receive an updated voter registration card in the mail within 4-6 weeks.

   

 

ID Requirements for Arizona Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

For information regarding proof of citizenship and the ability to vote in federal, state, county, and local elections, visit our Proof of Citizenship Requirements page.

  • Online – If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) you may update your voter registration online.

If you have an Arizona driver license or non-operating identification card issued after October 1, 1996, you will need only to provide the license number on box 9 of the voter registration form.

If you do not have an Arizona license you may include a photocopy of one of the following documents:

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
  • Presentation to the County Recorder of U.S. naturalization documents or fill in your Alien Registration Number in box 11
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.

ID Requirements for Voting

When you arrive to vote at the polls on Election Day you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3. (A.R.S. § 16-579(A)).

Valid identification is also required prior to receiving a ballot at any in-person early voting location or emergency vote center or from a special election board. (A.R.S. § 16-542 (link is external); § 16-549)

NOTE: Members of federally recognized tribes are not required to have an address or photo on their identification in order to cast a provisional ballot.

List #1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (One Required)

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card  
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification

List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (Two Required)

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration 
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

 

 

Casting a Ballot in Arizona

Important Dates

March 10, 2020*
*Local jurisdictions only.

February 10, 2020

Presidential Preference Election
March 17, 2020

February 18, 2020

May 19, 2020*
*Local jurisdictions only.

April 20, 2020

Primary Election
August 4, 2020

July 6, 2020

General Election
November 3, 2020

October 5, 2020

Absentee voting

Opening/closing dates
The County Recorder will send the voter their ballot in the mail as early as 27 days before the election.

Request your absentee ballot chick.

Military voters and voters who reside outside the U.S.

Uniformed personnel:
Must be a citizen of the United States of America
Resident of Arizona
Must be a member of the Uniformed Services or a family member

Must be stationed Out-of-County to utilize this request method (if you are stationed locally AND already registered to vote, request a “regular” early ballot or register to vote. Contact your County Recorder’s Office for general information.)

(Uniformed Services are defined as the U.S. Armed Forces, merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

Overseas citizens
Must be a citizen of the United States of America
A resident of Arizona
An overseas citizen means a U.S. citizen who resides outside the U.S., and who was qualified to register, except for age, in Arizona immediately prior to his or her departure from Arizona.

(Civilians outside the U.S. applies to Arizona residents temporarily residing outside the U.S.)

 

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?
Source: /www.azcleanelections.gov

Arizona has a Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), which allows a voter to automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election they are eligible to vote in. To sign up for PEVL online you will need to complete a new voter registration form. A written request with your signature may also be sent to your County Recorder. You may also make a one time early ballot request by contacting the County Recorder.

When a voter requests a ballot by mail, identification is not required. Instead, their identity is verified on the corresponding ballot affidavit envelope. Voters must sign this envelope in order for their ballot to be counted. County election staff receives professional training to verify the signature on the affidavit envelope matches the signature on the voter's registration form. If the county is unable to determine a match, staff will contact the voter to verify their identify.

Polling places and hours

You may locate your assigned polling place through our new Voter Information Portal. If you are still unable to locate your polling place you may contact your County Recorder.

Some Arizona counties utilize vote centers. vote centers are voting locations open on Election Day to every eligible voter in the county. Voters can visit any vote center in their county to receive and cast their official ballot.

 

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

  • Lyft provides free or discounted rides in some underserved communities
  • Political parties sometimes arrange rides for voters. Contact the local office:

Help for voters with disabilities

Accessible Polling Places: All polling locations and vote centers have been chosen with special needs voters in mind. Each location will provide handicap parking and be able to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, as well as, individuals with visual or hearing impairments. Oftentimes a temporary modification will be made to the polling location providing easier accessibility for the voter.

Accessible Voting Systems: All polling locations and vote centers must have an accessible voting device for use by voters with disabilities. In addition to the accessible voting devices, each poling location will have magnifying instruments, large print versions of the publicity pamphlets and trained poll workers who are ready to assist you. View the accessible voting device that will be used in your county (PDF).

Curbside Voting: Voters who are unable to enter the polling location or voting center may ask that a ballot be brought to them by an election poll worker.

Permanent Early Voting: Voters who have a permanent physical disability, just like any other eligible voter, may request to be placed on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL). This will ensure that they will be mailed a ballot for each election that they are eligible for and allows them to vote from the comfort and convenience of their own home.

Assistance Completing Election Materials: If an individual is unable to sign or fully complete election materials such as a voter registration form, early ballot, and early ballot affidavit, they may be assisted by an individual who is willing to help at that person’s direction. This also includes receiving assistance at the polling place by poll workers of two different parties, or an individual the voter with a disability chooses.

HAVA Hotline: The Arizona Center for Disability Law will run a hotline to address any election concerns for persons with disabilities. The ACDL also will file Help America Vote Act (HAVA) complaints.

Call: 602-274-6287 or 1-800-927-2260
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Election Day

Ballots

Where to get more info on candidates

Source: Ballotpedia Arizona

 

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

Primaries:
Arizona has an open primary law which allows any voter who is registered as independent to cast a ballot for one of the officially recognized political parties in State Primary Elections. Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will receive a postcard in the mail asking them to choose which party ballot they wish to receive for the Primary Election. The corresponding primary ballot will then be sent by mail to the voter to complete approximately 27 days prior to the election. Independent voters who go to the polls on Election Day will be given the option to choose a party ballot at that time. 

Note: This DOES NOT apply to the Presidential Preference Election. Voters must be registered with a recognized party to vote in the Presidential Preference Election. 


General:
(source: Arizona Clean Elections)
General elections occur every two years, always in an even year. These elections may include U.S. Federal, Arizona Legislative, County, and local offices that are up for re-election.
 

 

(Source: Ballot-opedia)

As of January 28, 2020, 53 statewide ballot measures had been certified for the 2020 ballot in 24 states.

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Running for federal office

Running for statewide office

Running for legislative office

Important Dates

March 10, 2020*
local jurisdictions only

February 10, 2020

Presidential Preference Election
March 17, 2020

February 18, 2020

May 19, 2020*
local jurisdictions only

April 20, 2020

Primary Election
August 4, 2020

July 6, 2020

General Election
November 3, 2020

October 5, 2020

Who conducts elections?

The Secretary of State serves as the chief election officer in the state of Arizona, which includes oversight of campaign finance for statewide and legislative candidates, verifying initiatives and referenda for the ballot, and certifying the official results of each election. A statewide or legislative election is scheduled for every even-numbered year unless a special election is required.

For questions about county and local elections, we suggest you contact your county recorder’s office or city/town clerk’s office for assistance.

Voter Outreach

The Secretary of State is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of our elections. The voter outreach office will assist, train and when possible conduct non-partisan voter registration drives throughout the state. For more information, please contact the Voter Outreach Coordinator by phone toll-free at 1-877-843-8683 or by email.

Voter Bill of Rights

Arizona voting districts. Source: Arizona Constitution.

A.Districts shall comply with the United States Constitution and the United States voting rights act;
B. Congressional districts shall have equal popul
ation to the extent practicable, and state legislative districts shall have equal population to the extent practicable;
C. Districts shall be geographically compact
and contiguous to the extent practicable;
D. District boundaries shall respect communities of interest to the extent practicable;
E. To the extent practicable, di
strict lines shall use visible geographic features, city, town and county boundaries, and undivided census tracts;
F. To the extent practicable, competitive districts should be favored where to do so would
create no significant detriment to the other goals.
(15) Party registration and voti
ng history data shall be excluded from the initial phase of the mapping process but may be used to test maps for compliance with the above goals. The places of residence of incumbents or candidates shall not be identified or considered.
(16) The independent redistricting commission shall advertise a draft map of congressional districts and a draft map of legislative districts to the public for comment, which comment shall be taken for at least thirty days. Either or both bodies of the legislature may act within this period to make recommendations to the independent redistricting commission by memorial or by minority report, which recommendations shall be considered by the independent redistricting commission. The independent redistricting commission shall then establish final district boundaries.
(17) The provisions regarding this se
ction are self-executing. The independent redistricting commission shall certify to the secretary of state the establishment of congressional and legislative districts.
(18) Upon approval of this amendment, the department of administration or its successor shall make adequate office space available for the independent redistricting commission. The treasurer of the state shall make $6,000,000 available for the work of the independent redistricting commission pursuant to the year 2000 census. Unused monies shall be returned to the state's general fund. In years ending in eight or nine after the year 2001, the department of administration or its successor shall submit to the legislature a recommendation for an appropriation for adequate redistricting expenses and shall make available adequate office space for the operation of the independent redistricting commission. The legislature shall make the necessary appropriations by a majority vote.
(19) The independent redistricting commission, with fiscal oversight from the department of administration or its successor, shall have procurement and contracting authority and may hire staff and consultants for the purposes of this section, including legal representation.
(20) The independent redistricting commission shall have standing in legal actions regarding the redistricting plan and the adequacy of resources provided for the operation of the independent redistricting commission. The independent redistricting commission shall have sole authority to determine whether the Arizona attorney general or counsel hired or selected by the independent redistricting commission shall represent the people of Arizona in the legal defense of a redistricting plan.

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Hotlines


1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

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