How to Vote in Arizona

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How to Register to Vote in Arizona

Mark your calendar — you’ll need to present or send in your registration at least 29 days before voting day to register to vote in Arizona. All you need is your Arizona driver’s license or ID. Here are your options on how you can register to vote:

  • By applying for an Arizona driver’s license and filling out the voter registration form then;
  • By downloading and completing the voter registration form and hand-delivering it to your County Recorder’s office or by filling out the form provided at the Recorder’s office;
  • By registering online;
  • By downloading and completing the voter registration form and mailing it.

The County Recorder must receive your registration 29 days before the election for you to be able to vote. If you want to register for the Presidential election on November 3, 2020, make sure your mailed form is postmarked on or before October 5, 2020. Once you complete the form, the County Recorder’s office will mail your proof of the registration in four to six weeks.

There are some eligibility requirements you need to pass to qualify to register to vote in Arizona. You must be:

  • A United States citizen;
  • An Arizona resident for the county listed on your form for at least 29 days before the election;
  • At least 18 years old on or before election day, November 3, 2020;
  • Able to write your name or mark your selections on the ballot, unless you’re unable due to a disability.

You won’t be eligible to register to vote if:

  • You’ve been declared as incapacitated by a court;
  • You have a felony or treason conviction, unless your civil rights have been restored.

Am I Registered to Vote in Arizona?

You can check your voter registration status by navigating to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal. Once you’re there, you’ll need to enter the identification number found on your Arizona driver’s license, Arizona ID card, or Voter Identification Card.

Early Voting in Arizona

Arizona allows registered voters to automatically receive their ballots by mail through the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Most Arizona voters are signed up for mail ballots. You can sign up for PEVL online, request an early ballot through the Voter Information Portal, or submit a written request, complete with your signature, to your County Recorder’s office.

Voting in Arizona on Election Day

Your polling location will be shown on your registration card. If you don’t have one, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website and enter your address. Polls in Arizona will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to take your photo ID.

Why Voting Is Important

Voting in Arizona for the general election is important. Many of our consumer protections are due to the people’s vote. There are some key citizen-initiated ballot measures in Arizona worth noting:

  • Hospital Worker Minimum Wage and Insurance Regulations Initiative: Creates a minimum wage standard for hospital staff;
  • Prohibit Red Light and Speeding Cameras Initiative: Although the state collects revenue from state taxes, traffic violations, and other methods, citizens are against the fines from the cameras;
  • Residential Property Tax Elimination for Seniors Initiative: The initiative will eliminate primary residential property taxes for persons 65 years of age or older.

It’s important you register to vote and participate in the elections. It’s your civic duty —  your state and country need you.


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