Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Citizens Clean 
Elections Commission

Your Guide to Arizona’s Political Process

AZ Clean Elections

What is the February 27th Election?

Arizona's 8th Congressional District will be having two special elections for the U.S. House of Representatives vacancy. There will be a primary election taking place on February 27th and a general election occurring on April 24th. These elections are being held as a result of Rep. Trent Frank's resignation.

Does this affect me?

Only voters that reside within Congressional District 8 are eligible to participate in this election. Congressional District 8's boundaries fall solely within Maricopa County. To view the district's boundaries on a map click here. You can also utilize Maricopa County's district locator tool by clicking here.

Independent Voters

Arizona has an open primary, which means all registered voters (within Congressional District 8) can participate in the February 27th Primary Election, including independents. Independent voters can vote early by contacting the Maricopa County Recorder with their preferred party ballot by February 16th (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 a voting center location and choose their preferred party ballot on Election Day.

Key Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: January 29, 2018
  • Early Voting Begins: January 31, 2018
  • Last Day to Request a Ballot by Mail: February 16, 2018 at 5 PM
  • Mail in Your Early Ballot By: February 21, 2018
  • Last Day to Vote Early in Person: February 23, 2018 at 5 PM
  • Election Day: February 27, 2018 (all ballots must be RECEIVED by 7pm)

Early Voting

Early voting begins on Wednesday, January 31st. This is when the county recorder will mail out early ballots to voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Voters also have the option of voting early in person. Early voting locations offer a convenient way for voters to cast their ballot before election day.

To request an early ballot be mailed to you, find an early voting location or to add yourself to PEVL contact the Maricopa County Recorder by clicking here.

Voting on Election Day

Voting locations are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27th. Make sure you bring the proper identification with you on election day! To view acceptable identification please reference the "ID at the Polls" section below, or check out our new interactive ID at the Polls tool by clicking here.

Voters are able to visit any vote center within Maricopa County. Click here for more information, or to find vote center locations.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 January 31, 2018. 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, February 16th, at 5:00 p.m.

Contact your County Recorder's Office to request an early ballot or find early voting locations.

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 a polling place or voting center on Election Day.

What is the difference between a polling place and a voter center?

A voter has to go to their assigned polling place on Election Day in order to cast their ballot. All polling places are open on Election Day, November 7th, from 6 AM to 7 PM.

Voting centers allow a voter to receive and cast their ballot at any designated center (within their county). All voting centers are also open from 6 AM to 7 PM on Election Day.

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. Please note, early voting locations may have different hours of operation.