Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

What is the Primary Election on August 30?

Each recognized political party holds a primary election to nominate candidates. The candidates that win the nomination in the primary election advance to the general election. Arizona has an open primary which allows voters registered as “independent” to participate by designating to their County Recorder which partisan ballot they would like to receive.




INDEPENDENT VOTERS

Arizona has an open primary, which means all registered voters can participate in the August 30th Primary Election, including independents. Independent voters can vote early by contacting their County Recorder with their preferred party ballot by August 19th (NOTE: Independents on the Permanent Early Voting List must tell their County Recorder which ballot to send them if they wish to vote early). Or, independent voters can visit the polls and choose their preferred party ballot on Election Day. For more information, click the button below and see the FAQ's below.




FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30th. Click the button below to find your polling place or a vote center near you.


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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VOTER EDUCATION GUIDE

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the polls open?

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

Can I vote early in the Primary?

Absolutely. If you are registered with a political party and on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning August 3, 2016. Independent voters, that are on PEVL, must contact their County Recorder to designate which partisan ballot* they would like to receive. Voters not on PEVL may make a one-time early ballot request or sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List, by contacting their County Recorder's Office.

Local, non-partisan ballots may be available. Check with your County Recorder's Office.

Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline:
Monday, August 1, 2016

Early Voting Begins:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Last Day to Request an Early Ballot by mail:
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5pm

Mail in Your Early Ballot:
By Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Election Day:
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How do I find information on candidates?

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has mailed a Voter Education Guide to every household with a registered voter. The Guide contains statements, photos and contact information for candidates running for Corporation Commission and the State Legislature. Voter Education Guides will be received in home before early voting begins (August 3, 2016). You can download the guide HERE.

Can Independent voters vote in the Primary Election?

Yes. Arizona has an Open Primary and voters that are not registered with a recognized political party (Independents) are able to request a partisan ballot.

Who gets which ballot in a primary election?

Democratic Voter → Democratic Party Ballot
Green Voter → Green Party Ballot
Libertarian Voter → Libertarian Party Ballot
Republican Voter → Republican Party Ballot
Independent Voter → Democratic OR Green OR Republican Party Ballot (may only choose one)1, 2, 3

1 The Libertarian Party has a closed primary. 2 Independent voters who vote by mail must contact their County Recorder to designate which partisan ballot they want mailed to them. 3 Local, non-partisan ballots may be available. Check with your County Recorder.

Can Military & Overseas Voters receive 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).


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