Voting in Arizona
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To vote in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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
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.
If this is your first time registering to vote in Arizona, you will need a proof of citizenship. The following documents are accepted:
- 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.
As of March 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
To vote on election day, a valid ID is required. 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
There are additional forms of acceptable identification without a photo listed here.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Arizona. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
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. 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.
- Arizona voter registration info
- AZ.gov, "Early Ballot--Vote by Mail," accessed December 18, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Arizona Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 18, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Arizona," accessed December 18, 2013