Activities Prohibited Inside the 75-foot-limit
To ensure a safe and secure voting experience for all Arizonans, the following activities are prohibited inside the 75-foot-limit of any voting location. If you experience prohibited activities in the 75-foot limit, inform a poll worker. Poll workers will generally be stationed inside the 75-foot limit. If you cannot find a poll worker, call the Secretary of State's Office at 1-877-THE-VOTE. We will use the information you provide to contact the appropriate county election officials to help resolve the issue.
It is unlawful to conduct campaign-related activity (electioneering) within the 75-foot limit. This includes handing out campaign literature, talking to voters or poll workers about candidates or issues, or otherwise attempting to influence the election. If the voting location has an "emergency" designation, electioneering is prohibited anywhere on-site, even outside the 75-foot limit. A.R.S. § 16-411(H); A.R.S. § 16-515; A.R.S. § 16-1018.
A voter is permitted to wear clothing with a political message inside the 75-foot limit, but poll workers, observers, and election officials may not. A.R.S. § 16-515(F).
- Carrying Firearms and Weapons
Arizona law prohibits private citizens, even if properly licensed, from entering the 75-foot limit of a voting location with a weapon. Further, since many polling places are located in schools, it may be unlawful to bring a firearm on school property, even outside the 75-foot-limit. A.R.S. § 13-3102(A)(11)-(12).
Openly carrying a firearm outside the 75-foot limit is also problematic and likely to result in unlawful voter intimidation. Additionally, any aggressive or ostentatious display of a weapon will almost certainly constitute an act of intimidation.
Arizona's election officials seek to ensure voting locations are not only safe, but also free of intimidation. If you are coming to a voting location for any reason, please leave any weapons at home or in your vehicle.
- Taking Photographs and Videos
While taking photos of your early ballot from home ("ballot selfies") is permissible, taking any photos or videos in a voting location inside the 75-foot limit is prohibited and punishable as a misdemeanor. A.R.S. § 16-515(G)-(H); A.R.S. § 16-1018(4).
Further, much like the open display of firearms, taking photos or videos outside the 75-foot-limit may have an intimidating effect on voters entering or exiting the voting location if done in an aggressive, threatening, or harassing way. Filming voters based on race, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation is inappropriate.
If you find it necessary to film to document the commission of a crime or other election-related violation, please consider informing a poll worker first.