Voting in Arizona

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Arizona permits online voter registration, early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting begins 26 days before an election, earlier than the nationwide average of 21 days before in states that allow it.

For full information about voting in Arizona, contact the state election agency.

Registration

Arizona utilizes a semi-closed primary. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[1]

To vote in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements:[2]

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Arizona and the county listed on your registration
  • Be 18 years of age or more on or before the day of the next regular General Election
  • You have not been convicted of a felony and have not yet had your civil rights restored
  • You have not been adjudicated incompetent[3]

—Arizona Secretary of State

When and where

To be eligible to vote in an election you must register at least 29 days prior to the election. You can register in a number of ways:

  • Online;
  • By printing a form;
  • By mail; or
  • In person at the county recorder in the county of your residence.[2]

If this is your first time registering to vote in Arizona, you will need a proof of citizenship. The following documents are accepted:[2]

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
  • Presentation to the County Recorder of U.S. naturalization documents or fill in your Alien Registration Number in box 11
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.[3]

—Arizona Secretary of State

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Arizona is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

To vote on Election Day, a valid proof of identification is required. A voter may either present one form of ID with the voter's name, address and photograph displayed, or two forms of ID that bear the name and address of the voter. The following are acceptable forms of photo identification:

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification[3]

—Arizona Secretary of State

There are additional forms of acceptable identification without a photo listed here.

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Arizona, all polling places are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.[4]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Arizona. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least by 5 p.m. 11 days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Arizona is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 26 days before an election and ends at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to Election Day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Election policy ballot measures

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of Arizona ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Arizona.

  1. Arizona Change of County Seat Referendum, Questions 306 and 307 (1914)
  2. Arizona Clean Elections, Proposition 200 (1998)
  3. Arizona Congressional Vacancy Elections Amendment, Proposition 101 (1962)
  4. Arizona Corporate Commission Appointment Amendment, Proposition 105 (1968)
  5. Arizona Election of County Officers, Proposition 4 (September 1922)
  6. Arizona Election of State Executive Officers, Proposition 105 (1988)
  7. Arizona Elections for Mine Inspector, Proposition 4 (October 1933)
  8. Arizona Eligibility for State Office, Proposition 103 (1988)
  9. Arizona General Election Date, Proposition 3 (September 1922)
  10. Arizona Initiative and Referendum, Proposition 104 (1998)
  11. Arizona Initiative and Referendum Petition Filing Deadlines Amendment, Proposition 100 (1984)
  12. Arizona Legislature to Specify Effective Dates for Some Laws, Proposition 100 (1996)
  13. Arizona Limiting Campaign Contributions, Proposition 200 (1986)
  14. Arizona Local Option for Alcohol, Proposition 8 (1950)
  15. Arizona Majority Rules, Proposition 105 (2008)
  16. Arizona Minimum Electors Amendment, Proposition 102 (1974)
  17. Arizona Nomination of Candidates, Proposition 2 (September 1922)
  18. Arizona Nominations Amendment, Proposition 100 (1980)
  19. Arizona Proposition 100 (1974)
  20. Arizona Proposition 101 (1974)
  21. Arizona Right to Vote By Mail, Proposition 205 (2006)
  22. Arizona Runoff Elections Amendment, Proposition 100 (1992)
  23. Arizona Simple Majority in Primary Elections, Proposition 3 (1924)
  24. Arizona State Official Voter Requirements Amendment, Proposition 102 (1972)
  25. Arizona State Tax Commission, Proposition 2 (1920)
  26. Arizona Suffrage and Right to Hold Office for Women Amendment, Questions 300 and 301 (1912)
  27. Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection, Proposition 200 (2004)
  28. Arizona Top-Two Primary Initiative, Proposition 121 (2012)
  29. Arizona Vote Requirements for Initiatives and Referendums, Questions 100 and 101 (1916)
  30. Arizona Voter Protection, Proposition 105 (1998)
  31. Arizona Voter Registration by Driver's License Statute, Proposition 202 (1982)
  32. Arizona Voter Reward, Proposition 200 (2006)
  33. Arizona Voting in Primary Elections, Proposition 103 (1998)

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