Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

What is the General Election on November 8?

This is the main election, held between the nominees from the various primaries (as well as independent candidates), in which candidates are elected to office. The 2016 Arizona General Election Ballot will contain the offices of President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, Corporation Commissioner, State Senator, State House of Representatives, justices and judges and local offices. The general election ballot will also contain propositions to be voted upon by the people.







Key Dates


Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 10, 2016
Early Voting Begins: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Last Day to Request an Early Ballot by mail: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5pm
Mail in Your Early Ballot: By Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Last Day to Vote Early in Person: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Early Voting

Early voting for the General Election begins October 12th. Voters that are on the Permanent Early Voting List or have requested a one-time early ballot will receive their ballot in the mail shortly after October 12th. If you do not receive your early ballot by Friday, October 21st, please contact your County Recorder.

Voters may also vote in person at designated early voting locations. To request an early ballot by mail, or to find an early voting location, click the Early Voting button above.

To return your early ballot, please mail it back by November 1st or you can drop it off at any polling place within your county (you do not have to wait in line). Early ballots must be RECEIVED by the county no later than 7pm on November 8, 2016 (Election Day). Remember to sign it, seal it and send it!


ID at the Polls


After arriving at your polling location on Election day you will present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or #3.

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 bear 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
  • 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 and Match from Lists #1 and #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

Voter Education Tools


DEBATES

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CANDIDATE COMPASS

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VOTER EDUCATION GUIDE

View statements & contact information
from the candidates.
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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find info on ballot measures?

Information on Proposition 205 (regulation and taxation of marijuana) and Proposition 206 (minimum wage and earned paid sick time benefits) can be found in the Secretary of State's Publicity Pamphlet

How do I find info on judges?

The Commission on Judicial Performance Review (JPR) conducts periodic performance reviews on judges and makes their findings public on their web site and in the Secretary of State's Publicity Pamphlet

Can I vote early?

Absolutely. If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning October 12, 2016. Voters not on PEVL may make a one-time early ballot request or sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List. The deadline to request an early ballot by mail is Friday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, in-person early voting is available until Friday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. Contact your County Recorder's Office to request an early ballot or find early voting locations.

How can I find info on independent expenditures?

Independent expenditure reports are available on our web site under the Resources tab.

Do I need ID to vote early?

If you vote early, either by mail or in person, ID is not required. Your signature on the early ballot affidavit is compared to your voter registration record by the County Recorder to determine if the signature is valid. ID is required if you vote at the polls on Election Day.

How do I find information on candidates?

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission will mail a Voter Education Guide to every household with a registered voter (to be received no later October 12th). The Guide contains information for candidates running for Corporation Commission and the State Legislature. To download the guide, click HERE.

To find information on federal candidates, such as President and U.S. Senator, and local candidates, click HERE.

How can Military & Overseas Voters get a ballot?

Military and Overseas voters have special voting rights under federal and state law (Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)). These rights include the use of a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an early ballot as well as the use of a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which serves as an emergency back-up ballot.

For more information, UOCAVA voters should visit: the Secretary of State's Website or the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Do I have to vote everything on my ballot?

No, voters do not have to vote everything on their ballot. The votes they do cast will still be counted.

However, we encourage voters to vote down the ballot as local races, propositions, judges, etc. can impact voters' daily lives.

When are the polls open?

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Find your polling place.


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