PHOENIX – Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is encouraging voters to request a ballot-by-mail or to join the Permanent Early Voting List by the Oct. 23 deadline if they want a General Election ballot sent to them.
“There is still time to request a ballot-by-mail for the General Election,” Hobbs said. “But Oct. 23 is the deadline. Voters can submit their request at Arizona.Vote, it’s safe and secure.”
Arizona has a long history of secure and reliable voting by mail. Many people in Arizona are already registered to vote by mail, allowing them to fill out their ballot from the comfort and safety of their home.
“There are more than 3 million voters who have already joined the Permanent Early Voting List in our state,” Hobbs said. “They will automatically get a ballot sent to them for elections they qualify for. Additionally, voters can ask to get a ballot mailed to them for specific elections.”
Early voting started Oct. 7 and voters on the Permanent Early Voting List or those who requested a ballot-by-mail should mail back their ballots as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, to ensure election officials receive the voted ballots back by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
All Arizona ballots-by-mail come with a postage-paid return envelope. There is no need to add more postage. After sealing a ballot in the return envelope, voters must remember to sign and date the envelope, and include a phone number election officials can use to contact the voter if needed. Voters can also return their voted ballot to their County Recorder’s Office, any official drop-box or drop-off location, or any voting location in their county.
Hobbs noted that there are also in-person early voting options for those who do not want a ballot-by-mail.
“There are in-person early voting sites across the state. The number of locations and hours of operation vary by county, so make sure to find a place that works for you,” Hobbs said. “We are encouraging people to make a plan, and to vote early, to help maintain a safe and secure election.”
The early voting period runs until Friday, Oct. 30, and, after that, emergency voting options are available in some counties. Due to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends early voting and voting by mail when possible. If voting in-person, voters should remember to wear a mask, bring a pen, follow social distancing guidelines, and wash or sanitize their hands before and after voting.
Information about what election officials are doing to help protect voters and poll workers in the state, along with the 2020 AZ Vote Safe Guide is available at Arizona.Vote.
For more information about the General Election, including how to request a ballot-by-mail or find an early voting location, visit Arizona.Vote or call 1-877-THE-VOTE.