A Word from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission
Dear Arizona Voter:
The Arizona Primary election is on August 28, 2018.
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 Primary Election and the candidates who are running for statewide and legislative office. In this guide, you will find information on:
*How to Register to Vote
*Ways to Vote
*Accepted ID at the Polls
*County Contact Information
*Candidates for Statewide and Legislative Offices
Experience tells us that voters are more likely to cast a ballot when they understand how the election impacts them personally. We hope this Voter Education Guide will help you make a meaningful connection with the upcoming election and vote informed. Important decisions are made on every ballot and your participation in Arizona’s political process strengthens our democracy. Thank you for your participation.
Respectfully yours, Damien R. Meyer Steve M. Titla Mark S. Kimble Galen D. Paton Amy B. Chan Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Twitter= @AZCCEC Facebook= /AZCleanElections YouTube= /AZCCEC Instagram= /azcleanelections
About the Primary Election
What is the Primary Election?
The August 28 Primary Election determines the candidates for each political party who will advance to the General Election in November.
Who can vote in a Primary Election?
All voters, including those not registered with a political party (Independents), can vote in the primary election.
Why is voting in the Primary Election important?
Voting in a primary election is important because it allows voters to determine who the official nominees from each political party will be.
Candidates who win the primary election in their party will be listed on the General Election ballot, along with the other party nominees and candidates
who are running independent of a party. Sometimes, a particular contest may only have candidates from a single party. This means the winner of that office is determined in the primary election. Voting in a primary election ensures voters have a say in who represents them.
Key Election Dates
Primary Election Day: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Early Voting Begins: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Last Day to Request Ballot By Mail: Friday, August 17, 2018
Mail Back Early Ballot: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Last Day to Vote Early in Person: Friday, August 24, 2018
Election Day: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Voters must be registered by Monday, July 30, 2018 to vote in the Primary Election. If you’re unsure of your registration status, you can check online at LINK.
Ways to Register
Visit LINK. You must have a valid Arizona driver license or identification card to use t his service. You will be emailed a confirmation after completing the registration process.
Voter registration forms are available at your County Recorder’s Office, 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 for registering to vote, please visit: LINK. Voter Registration Card
Your County Recorder will mail you a voter registration card 4-6 weeks after registering. It’s important to verify that the information on your 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 the "ID at the Polls" section for other acceptable forms of ID at the polls.
How to Vote
Ballot by Mail
Beginning August 1, ballots will be mailed to voters who:
* Are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL)
* Have requested a one-time early ballot
* Independent voters who have specified a particular ballot
*Designated ballot drop boxes (if available)
*Any early voting location in their county
* The County Recorder’s Office or County Elections Office
*Any voting location on Election Day in their county (you do not need to wait in line)
Voted ballots must be received no later than 7:00 p.m. on August 28, 2018 (Election Day).
Voting in Person
1. Vote Early in Person
* Voters may vote early in person at the County Recorder's Office or at any early voting site in their county.
* Early Voting begins on August 1.
2. Vote at the Polls on Election Day
* In some counties, voters must go to their assigned polling place on Election Day. In other counties, the use of vote centers allows voters to cast a ballot at any center. To find your voting location, visit LINK.
* All voting locations will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Ballot Types in the Primary Election
Democratic Voters will receive a Democratic Party Ballot.
Green Voters will receive a Green Party Ballot.
Libertarian Voters will receive a Libertarian Party Ballot.
Republican Voters will receive a Republican Party Ballot.
Independent Voters must select either a Democratic, Green, Republican or local non partisan ballot. The Libertarian Party has a closed primary. Local, non-partisan ballots may be available.
How do Independent Voters vote in the Primary?
Arizona has an open primary. This means Independents can vote.
Step 1. Pick a Ballot
Independent voters must choose which ballot they want to vote. If voting Democratic, Green or Republican, you won’t need to re-register.
Step 2. Decide When to Vote
1. By Mail: You must contact your County Recorder by August 17 to specify which ballot you would like to receive (even if you are on the Permanent Early Voting List). Otherwise, the County Recorder won’t know which ballot to send and one will not be mailed.
2. In Person: Visit an in-person early voting location and ask the election worker for the ballot of your choice. The last day to vote early is August 24.
Vote on Election Day:
Visit the polls between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day and ask a poll worker for your ballot of choice.
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: Register to vote, request an early ballot and return a voted ballot by visiting LINK.
2. Federal Post Card Application (FPCA): Used to register to vote, request an early ballot or update your voter information. Visit LINK for more.
3. Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB): Used as an emergency back-up ballot and to register to vote. Visit LINK for more.
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 curb side voting, braille and large print ballots. Voters should contact their County Elections Office for additional information.
Alternative Formats & Language
Please contact the Citizens Clean Elections Commission for alternative formats or large prints of this guide. This guide is printed in Spanish to comply with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The VRA requires that “when a covered state of political subdivision provides registration or voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance, or other materials of information relating to the electoral process, including ballots, it shall provide them in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language.” For more information, please contact the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Voting Section at 800-253-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ID at the polls
The elector shall announce his/her 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. [A.R.S. § 16-579(A)]:
List #1 (1 Required: Photo ID with name & address)
* 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 (2 Required: Non-photo ID (name & address only)
* 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
* 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 & Match from Lists #1 & #2)
* 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.
What is Clean Elections?
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission is a non-partisan commission 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 (like this voter guide, debates, and other tools) so that 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 and who show strong support from registered voters in their communities through a rigorous qualifying process. These candidates are identified in the Campaign Funding section of each candidate statement as “Participating.” Candidates who are not participating in the Clean Campaign Funding program are identified as “Traditional.”
3. Enforcement: We conduct audits of candidates’ campaign finance reports and investigate complaints to ensure that funding is used appropriately, candidates are following limits on contributions, and independent spenders are providing the public with reports of their activities.
Funding for Clean Elections does not come from tax payer money from the state general fund. 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.
Who are the Commissioners?
The Commission consists of 5 members, no more than 2 shall be members of the same political party and no more than 2 shall be residents of the same county. The Governor and the highest-ranking official who holds a statewide office and is not a member of the same political party as the Governor alternate in appointing Commissioners. Commissioners can be removed from office for gross misconduct or neglect of duty at the order of the Governor with the concurrence of the State Senate.
Citizens Clean Elections Commission
1616 West Adams St. Ste. 110
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
The County Recorder is responsible for voter registration and early ballots. The Election Director facilitates in determining voting locations and providing election information.
Apache County Recorder
Toll Free: 800-361-4402
Apache Election Director
Cochise County Recorder
Cochise Election Director
Coconino County Recorder
Toll Free: 800-793-6181
Coconino Election Director
Toll Free: 800-793-6181 email@example.com
Gila County Recorder
Sadie Jo Bingham
Toll Free: 800-291-4452
Gila Election Director
Graham County Recorder
Graham Election Director
Greenlee County Recorder
Greenlee Election Director
La Paz County Recorder
La Paz Election Director
Maricopa County Recorder
Maricopa Election Director
Mohave County Recorder
Mohave Election Director
Navajo County Recorder
Navajo Election Director
Toll Free: 800-668-3867
Pima County Recorder
F. Ann Rodriguez
Pima Election Director
Pinal County Recorder
Pinal Election Director
TTY: 711; 520-866-6059
Santa Cruz County Recorder
Suzanne “Suzie” Sainz
Santa Cruz Election Director
Yavapai County Recorder
Leslie M. Hoffman
Yavapai Election Director
Lynn A. Constabile
Yuma County Recorder
Robyn Stallworth Pouquette
Yuma Election Director
Every statewide and legislative candidate who has their name printed on the primary election ballot is eligible to submit a 200-word statement for printing in this guide.
These statements are reproduced as submitted and are 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.
The Clean Elections Act requires statements to be printed from statewide and legislative candidates. Information on federal and local candidates may be found on the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission website: LINK
Definition of Offices to be Elected
Governor (Vote for 1):
The Governor is similar to a company’s CEO, representing Arizona as the top elected officer in state business and functions in both official and ceremonial events. The Governor can sign a legislative bill into law or veto it to keep it from becoming law.
Secretary of State (Vote for 1):
The Arizona Secretary of State acts as the Chief Election Officer. The Secretary is next in line in succession should the Governor leave office due to death, resignation or impeachment.
Attorney General (Vote for 1):
The Arizona Attorney General is a statewide four-year elected position and is the Chief Legal Officer of the state. The Attorney General provides advice to state agencies, enforces consumer protection, civil rights, environmental, criminal and other laws on behalf of the State.
State Treasurer (Vote for 1):
The Arizona Treasurer is a statewide-elected position who serves as Arizona’s Chief Banker and Investment Officer, as well as the Chair of Arizona’s State Board of Investment. The Treasurer manages Arizona’s investment portfolio.
Superintendent of Public Instruction (Vote for 1):
The Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction is a statewide-elected position and is head of the Department of Education. The Superintendent oversees the state’s education finances and implements policy mandated by the State Board of Education.
State Mine Inspector (Vote for 1):
The Arizona Mine Inspector is in charge of inspecting the safety and conditions of mines in the state to ensure the safety of the mine workers and the general public.
Corporation Commissioner (Vote for 2):
The Arizona Corporation Commission has 5 members, each elected to fouryear terms. The Commission regulates the rates, business practices, health and safety of many utilities. It also regulates corporations, securities, railroads and pipelines.
State Senator (Vote for 1):
The Arizona State Senate is the upper house of the Legislature, made up of 30 Senators, one from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is two years. The Senate can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. Along with the House, the Senate approves the state’s annual budget. The Senate can enact bills that are referred to voters for approval and can place constitutional amendments on the ballot.
State House of Representative (Vote for 2):
The Arizona State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature, made up of 60 Representatives, two from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is two years. The House can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. Along with the Senate, the House approves the state’s annual budget. The House can enact bills that are referred to voters for approval and can place constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Definitions provided by Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy. For more information on office responsibilities, including judicial and local offices, please visit LINK.