Arizona’s primary election is less than three weeks away and voters will have lots of decisions to make.
Everyone on the Permanent Early Voting List should have received their ballots by now. The deadline to mail back ballots is Aug. 22. Ballots can also be dropped off Aug. 28 at any polling location. The Secretary of State’s office assures voters who are simply dropping off early ballots they won’t have to stand in line.
“If you were unable to mail back your early ballot in time, you can skip the line and turn it in at any polling location within your county. The poll workers will be able to assist and show you where to drop off your early ballot,” according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
If you’re not on the Permanent Early Voting List but would still like to vote early, there’s still time to request an early ballot. Early voting ballot requests will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 17. To request an early ballot, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx.
“Getting a ballot early allows time to review the ballot, study the issues, research the candidates and vote conveniently,” according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.
But for those who still prefer to vote the old fashioned way — at the polls — the Secretary of State reminds them they must vote at their designated polling locations for their ballots to be valid and counted. To find your polling location, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/ or https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do.
Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot, according to the Secretary of State. That can be done one of several ways. They can either present one form of identification from List 1 or two different forms of identification from Lists 2 and 3.
List 1 — Sufficient photo ID including name and address (one required)
- Valid Arizona driver’s license
- Valid Arizona non-operating identification card
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
- Valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification
List 2 — Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (two required)
- Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
- Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
- Valid Arizona vehicle registration
- Indian census card
- Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification Arizona vehicle insurance card
- Recorder’s certificate
- Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
- Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”
List 3 — Mix and match from Lists 1 and 2 (two required)
- Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
- U.S. passport without address and one valid item from List 2
- U.S. military identification without address and one valid item from List 2
While independents do not belong to a recognized party, they can still vote in the primary. They just have to choose which party ballot they want, according to the County Recorder. Independents on the Permanent Early Voting List should have already received a postcard in the mail asking them which party ballot they would like. Independents who aren’t on the Permanent Early Voting List can still request an early ballot by 5 p.m. Aug. 17 by calling 602-506-1511 or going to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx. Old schoolers can still vote at the polls on Aug. 28, when they will be given the option to choose a party ballot.
Voter registration deadline for the primary election has passed, so if you missed it, you cannot vote in the primary, but you can still register to vote in the general. The deadline to register to vote in the general election, which takes place Nov. 6 this year, is Oct. 9.