PHOENIX – With the August 4, 2020 Primary Election just weeks away, the Secretary of State’s Office has released two guides to ensure that voters, election staff and officials stay safe during the early voting period and on Election Day.
The AZVoteSafe Guide provides recommendations for Arizona voters who:
- Vote by mail
- Vote early in-person
- Vote in-person on Election Day
The Guidance for Reducing COVID-19 Risks at In-Person Voting Locations includes tips for local election officials, including how to:
- Encourage voters to vote by mail or vote early to reduce Election Day crowds
- Ensure voting locations have adequate cleaning/disinfecting supplies, and personal protective equipment for poll workers
- Provide instructions to poll workers for reducing COVID-19 risks
- Implement physical distancing at voting locations for poll workers
- Provide alternative voting arrangements to limit exposure to others
- Avoid locating polling places where there are high-risk populations
- Share with voters the Secretary of State’s recommendations for in-person voting
“We want voters to cast their ballot in a way that is meaningful to them,” said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. “However, we are encouraging voters to request a ballot-by-mail to avoid the Election Day crowds and have a safe and secure option in this year’s elections.”
Registered voters can join the Permanent Early Voting List or select a one-time ballot-by-mail request at azsos.gov/votebymail.
Independent voters will need to select a ballot style to participate in the Primary Election, even if they are on the Permanent Early Voting List. Voters can contact their county recorder or visit azsos.gov/votebymail to request a ballot. For a complete contact list of election officials in Arizona, visit http://go.azsos.gov/lndl.
For more information on the August 4, 2020 Primary Election, visit Arizona.Vote.