Early Voting

Voting By Mail: Secure and Reliable

Registered voters have two ways to get an early ballot-by-mail:

Join the Active Early Voting List

OR

Make a one-time request for a ballot-by-mail

Join the Active Early Voting List

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Make a one-time request for a ballot-by-mail

Active Early Voting List (AEVL)

Voters on the AEVL are automatically sent a ballot-by-mail for all elections in which they are eligible to vote.

Online registration requires an AZ Driver’s License or Non-Operating ID number. By clicking the link below, you can register to vote or update your voter registration to join the AEVL.

Voters in Maricopa County can request to join the AEVL online.

Print, complete, and sign the AEVL request form (PDF). Mail, fax, or email a scanned copy or photo of the completed form to your County Recorder’s Office.

If you do not have a printer, write out the required information from the request form, sign the document that you wrote, then mail, fax, or email a scanned copy or photo of your handwritten request to your County Recorder’s Office.

Deadline to join the AEVL

There is no deadline to join the AEVL. However, to get a ballot-by-mail for an upcoming election, you must sign up at least 11 days before Election Day.

 

Request a One-Time Ballot-by-Mail

If you don’t want to join the AEVL but you would like to receive an early ballot-by-mail for one election.

There are several options for making a one-time early ballot-by-mail request.

 

Use the Secretary of State’s online portal to request a ballot-by-mail for the Primary and/or General Election.

You can call your County Recorder to request a ballot-by-mail for the Primary and/or General Election. You must provide your name, date of birth, residence address, and other identifying information.

Print, complete, and sign the ballot-by-mail request form (PDF). Mail, fax, or email a scanned copy or photo of the completed form to your County Recorder’s Office.

If you do not have a printer, write out the required information from the request form, sign the document that you wrote, then mail, fax, or email a scanned copy or photo of your handwritten request to your County Recorder’s Office.

You can also email your County Recorder with the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Residence Address
  • Mailing Address (where you want the ballot sent, if different from Residence Address)
  • State or Country of Birth, or another piece of information that, if compared to your voter record, would confirm your identity (e.g. Arizona Driver’s License #, last 4 digits of Social Security number, father’s name, or mother’s maiden name)
  • Primary Election Ballot Choice (if registered as No Party Designated/Independent)
    • Voters registered with no political party must choose which ballot they would like for the Primary Election: Republican, Democrat, Green (only available for Pima County voters) or Nonpartisan (only includes nonpartisan, municipal races in cities/towns holding elections on August 4, 2022)
  • Write the following message: “I am requesting a ballot-by-mail for the 2022 Primary and General Elections and am giving the County Recorder permission to mail my ballot to the address provided in this email.”
 

FAQs

A Primary Election serves to select each recognized political parties' nominees, who will then go on to the General Election ballot with all other party’s nominees. Arizona has an Open Primary, which allows voters registered without a political party (commonly referred to as "independents”) to choose which primary they want to participate in. To receive a ballot-by-mail for a Primary Election, Independent Voters must notify their County Recorder’s Office which political party’s Primary Election ballot they wish to receive.

For the August 2, 2022 Primary Election: Independent voters may request to receive a Republican, Democratic, or Nonpartisan/Municipal Only ballot. The Nonpartisan/Municipal Only ballot is only available in cities or towns with nonpartisan municipal races in August and will only contain those city/town races. (Nonpartisan municipal races are also included on partisan party ballots.)

Voters may indicate their ballot selection in one of four ways:

  • By Mail: Independent voters on the AEVL will receive a notice in the mail from their County Recorder. Return that notice with your choice of ballot selected.
  • By Phone: Call your County Recorder’s office to indicate your ballot selection for the Primary Election.
  • Online: Use My.Arizona.Vote and select the Request a Ballot by Mail button. Follow the steps to the end to complete the request.
  • In-Person: Visit an early voting or Election Day voting location, select your choice of ballot, and vote in-person.

Independent voters on the AEVL will not receive a ballot in the mail for a primary election unless they contact their County Recorder and specify their ballot selection.

Your ballot-by-mail must be received by county election officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are going to mail back your ballot-by-mail for the General Election, we recommend you do so by November 1, 2022. For the August 2, 2022 Primary Election, we recommend putting your ballot in the mail by July 26, 2022 . Otherwise, you should take your ballot to any ballot drop-off location or voting location in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You have two options for returning your ballot-by-mail:

  • Mail back your ballot: Use the pre-paid envelope included in your ballot-by-mail package. For the November General Election, we recommend mailing it by November 1, 2022 (7 days) before Election Day to ensure it reaches your county election officials on time.
  • Drop off your ballot: You may drop off your ballot at any ballot drop-box, drop-off location, early voting location, or Election Day voting location in your county on or before Election Day. Find all voting and drop off locations on your county’s website. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You may track the status of your ballot at My.Arizona.Vote to confirm that it was received and counted.

Voters in Maricopa County can receive automatic updates on their ballot status via text. Text the word "JOIN" to 628-683 or visit TextSignUp.Maricopa.Vote to subscribe.

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.

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.

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. Find your County Recorder’s contact information here.

County Recorder Contact Information

Each county has different in-person early voting options starting 27-days before Election Day up through 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Visit your County Recorder’s website or contact your County Recorder directly to learn more about in-person early voting options in your county: https://azsos.gov/county-election-info.

Voters are now required to present sufficient identification to vote early in-person. For more information on voter ID, visit: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election.

Contact your County Recorder or Elections Department to learn more about emergency voting options available in your county: https://azsos.gov/county-election-info.

The County Board of Supervisors may authorize Emergency Voting Centers for in-person voting between 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election and 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election. For the purposes of emergency voting, “emergency” means any unforeseen circumstance that would prevent the voter from voting at the polls on Election Day.

In order to vote at an emergency voting center:

  • Voters will be required to present sufficient identification. For more information on voter ID, visit: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election.
  • Voters must also sign a statement under penalty of perjury starting that the voter is experiencing or have experienced an emergency after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the election and before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday immediately preceding the election that will prevent them from voting at a polling place on Election Day.

Tamper Evident Envelopes and Ballot Tracking: In Arizona, counties utilize tamper evident envelopes for mailed ballots and voters can verify whether their ballot-by-mail has been sent to them and whether it has been received and accepted by the county after it has been mailed back.

Security of Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Drop-Boxes: Ballot drop-off locations and drop-boxes must comply with security requirements and procedures outlined in the Elections Procedures Manual.

Signature Verification: Every ballot-by-mail is authenticated through a rigorous signature verification process conduct by trained election officials. The voter is contacted if the signature on the ballot-by-mail affidavit is inconsistent with the signature in the voter’s registration record.

Criminal Penalties for Misconduct: Arizona law imposes severe criminal penalties for ballot tampering, vote buying, or discarding someone else’s ballot.

Overseas voters can request a ballot from their county through our online portal at My.Arizona.Vote. More information regarding options for voting and returning a ballot for overseas voters is available here: https://my.arizona.vote/UOCAVA2/default.aspx.

If you have more questions about voting by mail, you should contact your County Recorder (contact information available at this link: https://azsos.gov/county-election-info).

You can also contact the Election Services Division at the Secretary of State’s Office at [email protected] or 1-877-THE-VOTE.

Find your county’s contact information here: https://azsos.gov/county-election-info.

Have questions? Call 1-877-THE-VOTE or email [email protected].

Important Dates

2022 Election Timeline

Primary Election

  • July 05, 2022

    Voter Registration Deadline

  • July 06, 2022

    First day for counties to mail ballots to voters (and first day of in-person early voting)

  • July 22, 2022

    Last day to sign up for the AEVL or request a one-time ballot-by-mail

  • July 26, 2022

    Recommended deadline to mail back your ballot

  • August 2, 2022

    Election Day
    All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m.

*Voters who do not mail back their ballot by the recommended deadline have until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to drop off their ballot at their County Recorder’s Office or any ballot drop-box or voting location in the county.

General Election

  • October 12, 2022

    First day for counties to mail ballots to voters (and first day of in-person early voting)

  • October 11, 2022

    Voter Registration Deadline

  • October 28, 2022

    Last day to request a ballot-by-mail or sign up for AEVL

  • November 1, 2022

    Recommended deadline to mail back your ballot

  • November 8, 2022

    Election Day
    All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m.


 

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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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Contact Elections

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