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According to Maricopa County, “more than 500,000 completed ballots have already come into our Elections Department.”

Early ballots were mailed starting Wednesday, Oct. 7.

For the Nov. 3 election, voters have three options:

By mail — The recommended deadline to mail back an early ballot is Oct. 27.

In person — Voters can drop off signed early ballot packets at any Vote Center or secure ballot drop box through Nov. 3.

Drop box — Maricopa County voters can drop off signed early ballot packets from their cars at contactless drive-thru drop boxes. Drive-thru locations are open Oct. 24 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

For voting center locations, visit

All voting locations will follow strict physical distancing and cleaning guidelines, according to the county.

Oct. 23 is the last day to request a ballot in the mail.

To check early ballot voting status and more, visit

Glendale ballots will allow residents to vote on the presidential race as well as U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races.

In the much-publicized U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Martha McSally is challenged by Democrat Mark Kelly.

In the 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from Tucson to Litchfield Park, Raúl Grijalva—a Democrat incumbent since 2002—faces Republican challenger Daniel Wood.

In the 7th Congressional District, which includes part of Tolleson and Glendale, Ruben Gallego, the Democrat incumbent, faces a challenge from Republican Josh Barnett.

“As a business owner and family man, I have witnessed the corruption and disregard for our Constitution that is eroding liberty in our country,” Barnett says on his campaign website.

Gallego is the heavy favorite, after winning the 2018 election with more than 85% of the votes. Gallego was first elected to Congress in 2014 and reelected in 2016, with 75% of the votes in those two elections.

In the 8th Congressional District, which stretches from Goodyear to New River, including part of Glendale and Peoria, incumbent Republican Debbie Lesko is challenged by Democrat Michael Muscato, a newcomer to politics who owns a gym in Glendale.

Muscato and Lesko both live in Peoria.

Glendale will also vote on state representatives.

In Legislative District 20, Democrat Douglas Ervin challenges incumbent Arizona Sen. Paul Boyer, a Republican.

Republican incumbents Shawnna Bolick and Anthony Kern and Democrat Judy Schwiebert battle for the two Arizona House of Representatives seats.

In Legislative District 21, Republican incumbent Kevin Payne, Republican Beverly Pingerelli and Democrat Kathy Knecht are battling for two House of Representatives seats. Incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Gray is not opposed.

In state District 22, on the ballot for reelection is Sen. David Livingston, a Republican challenged by Democrat Sarah Tyree.

Incumbents Frank Carroll and Ben Toma are on the Republican ballot for the District 22 House of Representatives seats, with Wendy Garcia and Mary “Kathleen” Honne Democrat challengers.

In state District 29, on the ballot for reelection are Democrats Richard Andrade and Cesar Chavez, facing challenges from Republicans Billy Bragg and Helen Fokszanskyj-Conti for two Arizona House of Representatives seats.

Incumbent Martin Quezada, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican John Wilson for the District 29 Arizona Senate position.

While some races are fiercely contested, Legislative District 30 is decidedly ho-hum. Robert Meza and Raquel Teran are the only two on the ballot for LD 30 House of Representatives positions, and Tony Navarrete the only name on the ballot for Arizona Senate District 30.


Ballots in the mail

The Maricopa County Department of Elections began mailing early ballots Wednesday, Oct. 7.

According to Clint Hickman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 4 representative and chair, “A total of 175 vote centers and 35 drop boxes have been finalized. Ballots mailed and in-person voting became available on Oct. 7.

“Seven locations are open with one of those being in District 4 at Surprise City Hall.”

 For voting center locations, visit

“Voters may now choose from any voting location, rather than just one assigned location,” said Scott Jarrett, director of Election Day and emergency voting with the Maricopa County Elections Department. 

Friday, Oct. 23, is the last day to request a ballot in the mail.

“Maricopa County has been providing every voter with the option to request a ballot in the mail since 1996. We have layers of oversight to ensure only valid ballots are counted,” said Rey Valenzuela, director of early voting and election services with the Maricopa County Elections Department. “We plan to make sure that no matter what option voters choose; it’s safe, accessible and secure.”

The county recommends those voting by mail to post ballots by Oct. 27.

To check early ballot voting status and more, visit

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