Filing Information

Campaign Finance Reporting Schedule

The political committee type determines the committee's reporting schedule. Select a committee type below to view the reporting and filing periods for the 2023-2024 Election Cycle:

Campaign Finance Reporting

Late Filing Fines

Campaign finance late fines may be paid with a check or money order payable to the AZ Secretary of State and sent via U.S. postal mail to:

Attn: Campaign Finance
Arizona Secretary of State Elections Division
1700 W Washington St, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007

If paying in cash, payment must be exact amount and only made in-person. Please include committee ID information on check or payment receipt

Candidates

Statewide, Legislative, & County Candidates

A statewide, legislative, or county candidate who has received contributions or made expenditures (in any combination) of at least $1,400 in connection with their candidacy during the 2023-2024 election cycle is required to form a committee within 10 days of reaching that threshold. A.R.S. § 16-905(A), 16-906(A).

For example, receiving a $700 check from a family friend while also spending $700 on campaign supplies will trigger the registration requirement. The use of a candidate's own "personal monies" for electoral purposes also counts towards the $1,400 threshold. However, if a candidate never reaches the $1,400 threshold, registration and reporting are not required.

The registration threshold for statewide, legislative, and county candidates is increased by $100 each odd-numbered year pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-931(A)(1). A candidate's "personal monies" include all sources of income or wealth available to the candidate or candidate's spouse. A.R.S. § 16-901(40).

City and Town Candidates

A city or town candidate who has received contributions or made expenditures (in any combination) of at least $500 in connection with their candidacy during the election cycle is required to form a committee within 10 days of reaching that threshold. A.R.S. § 16-905(B). The registration threshold for city and town candidates is set at $500 and is not adjusted on a biennial basis. A.R.S § 16-905(B).

Political Action Committees

Political Action Committee Registration Requirements

According to A.R.S. § 16-905(C), an entity is required to be registered as a political action committee (PAC) if:

  • The entity is organized for the primary purpose of influencing the result of an election; AND
  • The entity knowingly receives contributions or makes expenditures (in any combination) in excess of the current threshold financial level. The current threshold for the 2023-2024 election year is $1,400. For example, receiving a $700 individual contribution check while spending $700 on campaign supplies will trigger the registration requirement.

If the entity has the required primary political purpose and its contributions and expenditures (in any combination) exceed the then-current threshold for that election cycle, the entity is required to register itself as a PAC within 10 days. A.R.S § 16-906(A).

"Entity", as defined in A.R.S. § 16-901(22), is a corporation, limited liability company, labor organization, partnership, trust, association, organization, joint venture, cooperative, unincorporated organization or association, or another organized group that consists of more than one individual.

A political action committee must register with the appropriate filing officer before contributing to a state candidate committee (non-federal candidate) seeking state, legislative or local office. A.R.S § 16-901(41). A candidate committee may accept contributions only from an individual, a partnership, a candidate committee, a political action committee or a political party. A.R.S. § 16-913(D). Federal political action committees must register with the appropriate filing officer in Arizona before contributing to a non-federal candidate.

If a corporation, LLC, union or partnership establishes a separate segregated fund for the purpose of influencing the result of an election, the entity must register that fund as a PAC. A.R.S. § 16-916(C) .

Standing Committee Status

A standing committee is a political action committee or political party that is active in more than one jurisdiction's elections (state, county, and/or city elections) in the state of Arizona. Standing committees register and file all campaign finance activity with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. A.R.S. § 16-901(48). To learn more about standing committee status, review Section 1.4 of the PAC Campaign Finance Guide.

Mega PAC Status

A political action committee with Mega PAC status may contribute twice the amount prescribed in A.R.S. § 16-914(A) to candidate committees during the election cycle if the political action committee provides the recipient candidate committee a copy of the political action committee's certification of Mega PAC status. A.R.S. § 16-914(B).

Click here to view contribution limits for political action committees and Mega PACs for the 2023-2024 election cycle.

To obtain Mega PAC certification, the committee must provide the following in accordance with A.R.S. § 16-908(B):

  1. Written request for application of Mega PAC status sent to [email protected]; and
  2. Documentation that the PAC has received at least ten dollars ($10) in contributions from at least five hundred (500) individuals in the four-year period immediately before filing the application. A.R.S § 16-908(B). The information provided for each contributor must include the following:
    1. Amount of Contribution;
    2. Contributor's First and Last Name;
    3. Contributor's Residence Address (Street/City/State/Zip Code);
    4. Contributor's Occupation;
    5. Name of Contributor's Primary Employer.

If the applicant PAC demonstrates it has met the above requirements for Mega PAC status, certification shall be granted by the Secretary of State's Office, valid for four (4) years. A.R.S §16-908(C).

Political Parties

Recognized political parties are eligible to register as a political party committee under A.R.S. § 16-905(G). To learn more about political party recognition, please review the New Party Guide and "Information about Political Parties" page.

Standing Status

A standing committee is a political action committee or political party that is active in more than one jurisdiction's elections (county/city elections or state/county elections) in the state of Arizona. Standing committees register and file all campaign finance activity with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. A.R.S. § 16-901(48). To learn more about standing committee status review the PAC Campaign Finance Guide.

Contribution to Candidate Committees

A political party may only contribute to party nominees (candidate committees) using monies contributed by an individual, partnership, candidate committee, political action committee, or a political party. A.R.S. § 16-915(B).

To view contribution limits, click here.

Independent Expenditures

An "independent expenditure" is defined in A.R.S. § 16-901(31) as an expenditure that:

  • Expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate; and
  • Is not made in cooperation or consultation with (or at the request or suggestion of) the candidate or the candidate's agent.

According to A.R.S. § 16-922(B), an independent expenditure is NOT independent if:

  • There is actual coordination with respect to an expenditure between a candidate or candidate's agent and the person making the expenditure or that person's agent; OR
  • Both of the following apply:
    • The expenditure is based on nonpublic information about a candidate's or candidate committee's plans or needs that the candidate or candidate's agent provides to the person making the expenditure or that person's agent.
    • The candidate or candidate's agent provides the nonpublic information with an intent toward having the expenditure made.

Ballot Measure Expenditures

A "ballot measure expenditure" is defined in A.R.S. § 16-901(4) as an expenditure made by a person that expressly advocates the support or opposition of a clearly identified ballot measure.

Elections FAQ

An early ballot may be requested through our new Voter Information Portal or by contacting your County Recorder’s office. To have your name placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL), complete a new voter registration form and check the box marked “YES, I want to automatically receive an early ballot for each election for which I am eligible.” Or you can log in to Service Arizona and complete this request online.

  • 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 register to vote through Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration
    1. Log on to Service Arizona
    2. Select your language preference, then click “Begin 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 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.

    If you do not have a residence address, please also complete a 'No Residence Address Confirmation' in addition to the voter registration form.
  • By Mail – You can either print off a form online 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 only register to vote through the ACP process.

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

If you are a Maricopa County voter, you can process your request here. If you have any questions please call 602-506-1511.

If you are a Pima County voter, you can process your request here. If you have any questions please call 520-724-4330.

To contact your local Election Official please visit https://azsos.gov/county-election-info

 

The voter registration deadline for the General Election has been extended to 5 p.m. on October 15, 2020 by a court order. Check back here often for this and the other trusted information you need throughout the 2020 election season. All voter registration forms sent by U.S. mail must be received on or before the deadline. To see all voter registration deadlines, including for local elections. To see all voter registration deadlines, including for local elections, go to arizona.vote.

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 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. To see all voter registration deadlines, including for local elections, go to arizona.vote. All voter registration forms sent by U.S. mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline.

Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. Find out what qualifies as an acceptable form of identification in Arizona.

Yes! 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 (AEVL) 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.

The state of Arizona uses E-qual to verify that the person signing the qualifying slip or nomination petition is eligible to do so. After successful verification, the person can give $5 qualifying contribution slips or sign a nomination petition for candidates the person is eligible to vote for in the election.

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If you need assistance using www.servicearizona.com to register or update voter information, please see our ServiceArizona Guide or reach out to our office at [email protected] or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

You do not need postage if you mail your ballot back in Arizona.

All early ballots come with a postage-paid return envelope. There is no need to add postage. Voters should remember to sign and date the return envelope, and to include a phone number in case election officials need to follow up with you.

If you have lost or damaged your ballot-by-mail, you may request a replacement ballot via mail or in-person.

To request a replacement ballot-by-mail, contact your County Recorder’s Office directly. Requests must be made no later than 11 days prior to Election Day. A.R.S. § 16-542(E).

You may also visit a voting location on or before Election Day to vote in-person. Visit my.arizona.vote to find your correct voting location.

The County will cancel your prior ballot if you request a replacement ballot.

No, Official Election Mail cannot be forwarded automatically by the postal service. If you will be out of town during the election, you may request to have your ballot sent to your temporary address. Contact your County Recorder directly to make this request.

To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

You may track the status of your ballot at my.arizona.vote to confirm that it was received and counted.

If you live in Pima County or Maricopa County, check with your county election officials for status updates.

If you have further questions, you can reach out to our office at [email protected] or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.

You can also reach out to your county recorder’s office (County Election Officials Contact Information) for further assistance.

Contact Elections

Office of the Secretary of State
Elections Division
1700 W Washington St Fl 7
Phoenix AZ 85007-2808