PHOENIX – As early voting locations are opening and voters across the state are receiving ballots-by-mail, the Secretary of State’s Office is issuing public guidance to ensure all eligible Arizonans have a safe voting experience.
The Guidance on Polling Place Conduct and Preventing Voter Intimidation outlines what voters should know when voting in person or dropping off their early ballot, as well as the responsibilities and polling place rules for poll workers, observers, and political parties in an effort to discourage voter intimidation at voting locations.
“Voter intimidation in any form will not be tolerated,” Secretary Katie Hobbs said. “Poll workers are trained in how to respond if intimidation occurs at a voting location.”
Hobbs added that each voting location is assigned an inspector and election marshal, who are primarily responsible for the safe operation of the voting location. The guide also includes information on:
- How to make a plan and protect your vote
- People permitted inside the 75-foot limit of the voting location
- The role of observers
- Activities prohibited inside the 75-foot limit
- Dropping off ballots at voting locations
- Reporting voter intimidation and other unlawful conduct
“It’s important that voters are aware of their rights before going to vote so that they can keep themselves and others safe,” Hobbs said. “For example, many voters may not know that they cannot carry a weapon or take photos inside or within 75 feet of a voting location.”
In addition to the guidance to voters, the Secretary of State’s Office has also prepared a quick reference guide for law enforcement.
“Having uniformed police officers at voting locations can, in and of itself, create an intimidating presence,” Hobbs said. “This guide is designed to minimize potential for confusion in the rare occasions where law enforcement support may be requested to respond to an emergency or maintain safety.”
Voters can get more information by visiting Arizona.Vote or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.