How Elections Work
Voters have several options to choose from in how they cast their ballot. It's important to understand each option, when it is available and how it works so voters can cast their ballot conveniently and accurately.
Did you know you can vote before Election Day? Voters can obtain and cast their ballot starting 27 days prior to every election. Learn more about receiving your ballot early, either by mail or by visiting an early voting location in person.
Election day is always held on a Tuesday and voting locations are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There are different types of voting locations, depending on the voter's county. Learn more about polling places and vote centers, and which applies to you. Don't forget, identification is required on Election Day.
There are different types of elections and each type can have its own set of rules and laws, including who is eligible to participate. Learn more about the different types of elections held in Arizona below.
Candidate elections held at the state and federal level are partisan. Currently, there are four political parties that are recognized statewide. Voters can register with a political party or as no party designated (independent). A voter's affiliation determines which elections they can participate in and what type of ballot they receive. Learn more about registering with a political party or as an independent.
Election security refers to all the ways election officials ensure the maximum degree of correctness, impartiality, uniformity, and efficiency in the voting process.