Letter from the
Citizens Clean Elections Commission
Dear Arizona Voter:
The Arizona General Election is on November 3, 2020. Your household is receiving this Voter Education Guide because you or another resident is registered to vote. This guide was created by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission to provide voters with nonpartisan, unbiased information about the General Election, how to participate and ensure your ballot is counted. It includes information from the candidates that are running for statewide and legislative office. In this guide, you will find information on:
• How to Register to Vote
• Ways to Vote - Ballot By Mail, Early Voting & Election Day
• Accepted ID at the Polls
• County Contact Information
• Candidates for Statewide and Legislative Offices
Our experience tells us voters cast a ballot when they understand how the election impacts them directly. We hope this Voter Education Guide helps you to identify your connection to this election and have an informed vote. Important decisions are made on every ballot and your participation in Arizona’s political process strengthens our democracy. Thank you for your participation.
Galen D. Paton
Amy B. Chan
Steve M. Titla
Damien R. Meyer
Mark S. Kimble
Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission
Why am I receiving this?
Your household is receiving this Voter Education Guide because you or another resident is registered to vote. Households may receive multiple voter guides for different legislative districts if you share a mailing address with another registered voter.
Why should I read this Voter Education Guide?
This guide contains statements directly from the candidates for statewide and legislative office. This is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from candidates, not third parties, about their views. This guide also contains information on
How to Register to Vote
Ways to Vote
Accepted ID at the Polls
County Contact Information
Who sent this?
This guide is created by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission (Clean Elections). Clean Elections is a state government agency created by voters in 1998. Voters mandated that Clean Elections create this Voter Education Guide and mail it to households prior to the General Election.
What is Clean Elections?
Clean Elections is the state’s non-partisan voter education agency, founded in 1998 after Arizona voters passed the Citizens Clean Elections Act (A.R.S. Title 16, Chapter 6, Article 2) to root out corruption and promote confidence and participation in our political process. 1. Voter Education: We provide voters with non-partisan election information, tools and resources so they can vote informed. 2. Clean Campaign Funding: We provide campaign funding to candidates who run for state offices in Arizona, who agree not to accept special interest money. 3. Enforcement: We conduct audits of candidates campaign finance reports and investigate complaints to ensure funding is used appropriately.
How is Clean Elections funded?
The Citizens Clean Elections Fund, created by voters, receives revenues from: a 10% surcharge imposed on all civil and criminal fines and penalties, qualifying contributions from registered Arizona voters to participating candidates, and civil penalties assessed against violators. Funding for Clean Elections does not come from tax payer money from the state general fund.
Who are the Commissioners?
The Commission consists of 5 members, no more than 2 of the same political party and of the same county. The Governor and the highest-ranking official holding a statewide office, who is not a member of the same political party as the Governor, alternate in appointing Commissioners.
ABOUT THE GENERAL ELECTION
What is the General Election?
The November 3 General Election is a regular election where voters determine who is elected to office, which statewide propositions will become law and which judges and justices will be retained.
Who can vote in a General Election?
All registered voters can vote in the General Election.
Why is voting in the General Election important?
Voting in a General Election is important because it allows voters to select the candidate they wish to represent them in office.
As this year is a presidential election year, voters will determine who the President of the United States of America is for the next four years. A U.S. Senate seat is also open for a partial term ending in January 2023, along with 9 congressional seats with terms ending in January 2023. Statewide offices have a term of four years, so the elected Corporation Commissioner candidates will be in office until January 2025. Legislative offices have a term of two years, so the elected state senate and house of representatives candidates will be in office until January 2023. Likewise, the General Election allows voters the opportunity to decide whether judges and justices of the Arizona Supreme Court and certain lower courts should be retained or replaced. Finally, voters have an opportunity to approve or reject laws proposed by the legislature and by voters themselves.
KEY ELECTION DATES
GENERAL ELECTION DAY Tuesday, November 3
Polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Monday, October 5
EARLY VOTING BEGINS
Wednesday, October 7
LAST DAY TO REQUEST BALLOT BY MAIL
Friday, October 23
MAIL BACK EARLY BALLOT
Tuesday, October 27
LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON
Friday, October 30
Voters must be registered by Monday, October 5, 2020 to vote in the General Election. Not sure if you’re already registered? Check online at azcleanelections.gov/am-i-registered-to-vote.
Ways to Register
Visit servicearizona.com. You must have a valid Arizona driver license or identification card to use this service. You will be emailed a confirmation after you complete the registration process.
Voter registration forms are available at county recorder offices, motor vehicle division (MVD) offices, most libraries, city clerk offices and public assistance agencies.
To download a paper form or for more information on the registration process, including the qualifications to register to vote, please visit: azcleanelections.gov/register-to-vote
Voter Registration Card:
Your county recorder will mail you a voter registration card 4-6 weeks after you register. Voters are encouraged to verify that the information on their card is correct. Please contact your county recorder with any questions, or to request a replacement registration card.
Your registration card may be used as a form of ID at the polls. See page 9 for other forms of acceptable ID at the polls.
HOW DO I VOTE?
Vote Early by Mail
Ballots will go out in the mail on October 7th to voters that are:
On the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL)
Have requested a one-time early ballot
Voters can mail their voted ballots back by October 27th or drop them off at:
Designated ballot drop boxes (if available)
Any early voting location in their county
The county recorder or elections office
Any voting location on Election Day in their county (you do not need to wait in line)
Vote Early in Person
Voters may vote early in person at any early voting site in their county.
Early voting will begin on October 7th.
Voters must bring their ID.
Vote on Election Day
All voting locations will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Visit azcleanelections.gov/where-do-i-vote to find your voting location.
Voters must bring their ID.
Voted ballots must be received no later than 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020 (Election Day)
Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ensures that U.S. citizens who are service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens can vote in their home states. This guide has been mailed to every Arizona Military and Overseas voter.
Resources for UOCAVA voters:
1. Secretary of State’s online system: Used to register to vote, request an early ballot and return a voted ballot.
2. Federal Post Card Application (FPCA): Used to register to vote, request an early ballot or update your voter information. fvap.gov/arizona
3. Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB): Used as an emergency back-up ballot and to register to vote. fvap.gov/arizona
Voters with a Disability
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires every polling place to be accessible and have available (and set up for use) accessible voting equipment that may be used by any voter. Additional assistance may be available, such as curbside voting, braille and large print ballots. Voters can contact their County Elections Office for additional information.
Alternative Formats & Language
Voters can contact Clean Elections to request a larger print version of this guide, or to request an alternative format. This guide is printed in Spanish to assist local jurisdictions in complying with federal law (Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)). For more information about federal law, please contact the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Voting Section at 800-253-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ID SHOULD I BRING TO THE POLLS?
List #1 Sufficient photo ID including name and address (One Required)
Valid Arizona driver 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. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone or cable television
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
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”
When you arrive to vote at the polls, either during early voting or on Election Day, you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3.
List #3 Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)
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
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
Members of federally-recognized tribes are not required to have an address or photo on their tribal identification in order to cast a provisional ballot.
Citizens Clean Elections Commission (voter education, tools and resources)
1616 West Adams St. Ste. 110
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(call to request an early ballot
or voter registration status)
Election Director (voting locations and election information)
Sadie Jo Bingham
Rey Valenzuela & Scott Jarrett
F. Ann Rodriguez
Suzanne “Suzie” Sainz
Leslie M. Hoffman
Lynn A. Constabile
Robyn Stallworth Pouquette
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
Which candidates are in the guide?
Every statewide and legislative candidate that has their name printed on the general election ballot is listed in this guide, per the Clean Elections Act. Not all of the candidates on my ballot are in this guide. Why are federal, county and other local candidates not included?
Clean Elections is a state agency, and the Clean Elections Act calls for statewide and legislative candidates to be printed in this guide. Information on federal, county and local candidates may be found on the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission website:
What information is listed about the candidates?
The candidate’s name, party affiliation, campaign funding type and website are provided. Campaign funding type is listed as either traditional or participating. A traditional candidate funds their campaign through private donations. A participating candidate funds their campaign through participation in the Clean Elections Clean Funding program.
Each candidate had the opportunity to submit a 200-word statement. The statements were reproduced as submitted and were not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation. Non-substantive editing may have occurred for layout purposes only. These statements represent the opinions of the authors and have not been checked for accuracy of content.