When it comes time to vote, voters get to decide how they want to receive their official ballot. Approximately 80% of Arizona voters choose to receive their ballot in the mail. This means that the County Recorder will send the voter their ballot in the mail as early as 27 days before the election.
How do I request my ballot be sent in the mail?
Arizona has a Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), which allows a voter to automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election they are eligible to vote in. To sign up for PEVL online, Click Here (you will need to complete a new voter registration form). A written request with your signature may also be sent to your County Recorder.
How do I return my voted ballot?
Once the voter receives their ballot, they can choose to return it by mail, or deliver it back to the county in person. Ballots can be returned in person at the County Recorder's Office, designated ballot return boxes or at any voting location in their county on Election Day.
Do I need ID to receive or return my ballot by mail?
When a voter requests a ballot by mail, identification is not required. Instead, their identify is verified on the corresponding ballot affidavit envelope. Voters must sign this envelope in order for their ballot to be counted. County election staff receives professional training to verify the signature on the affidavit envelope matches the signature on the voter's registration form. If the county is unable to determine a match, staff will contact the voter to verify their identify.
All Ballot by Mail Elections
The County Recorder and/or Officer in Charge of Elections may determine that an election, if eligible, will be "All Ballot by Mail". This means that the county will automatically mail a ballot to every eligible voter, regardless if they requested it. The county will set up ballot replacement centers throughout the county where voters can receive a replacement ballot if they never received theirs, or spoiled their ballot and need a new one. For those voters that prefer to vote in person, they may also visit a ballot replacement center to receive their ballot in person and vote it onsite.
On Election Day, there will not be traditional polling places, only ballot replacement centers. Ballot replacement centers do not require identification, as all voters will receive a ballot affidavit envelope and their signature will be subsequently verified by county election staff prior to tabulation.