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Voting in DTPHX: Everything you need to know before the Presidential Election

by Lauren Potter
Community Lauren Potter October 14, 2020


The General Election (a.k.a the Presidential Election) is slated for Nov. 3, but you need to register by Oct. 15 in Arizona. Whether you’re already registered to vote, or you still need to, we’re here with some important info and dates to help you stay on top of your civic duty.

How can I vote in the General Election?

  1. Register to vote on or before the Oct. 15 deadline.
  2. Check your voter registration. Even if you think you’re good, check. Make sure you’re registered at your *current* address.
  3. Sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) before Oct. 23 if you want to vote early or by mail.

Important dates

It can be hard to remember all the important deadlines and dates for the election, so here’s a handy list:

  • Oct. 7: First day for counties to mail ballots to voters and first day of in-person early voting
  • Oct. 23: Last day to request a ballot-by-mail or sign up for PEVL
  • Oct. 27: Last day to mail your ballot (do it sooner if you can). If you can’t mail your ballot by Oct. 27,  you should return it to any voting location or secure ballot-drop box in your county by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Nov. 3: Election Day. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 7 p.m. you can still vote.

Where to cast your vote

Voters in Maricopa County can choose from any voting center open Oct. 7 thru Nov. 3, including evenings and weekends. All locations will be large enough to allow for physical distancing and safety protocols will be in place. Find your polling place here. Don’t forget to wear a mask.

Voting Centers in or near Downtown Phoenix (click for directions)

Safety precautions

Due to COVID-19, the CDC recommends voting early and/or by mail if possible. However, if you have to vote in person, Maricopa County Elections has strict social distancing precautions in place to ensure the safety of voters and polling volunteers. Please wear your mask.

Why is it important to vote?

Abraham Lincoln once said that elections belong to the people (Honest Abe knew what was up). Having the opportunity to vote is not only a right, it’s a privilege and it’s one of the fundamental cornerstones of our democracy.

Here are some reasons why it’s important to vote:

  • Choose how your tax dollars are spent
  • Stand up for the issues you care about like education, healthcare, public safety, and more
  • Allocate federal funding to your area

FAQs

Where do I vote?

You can vote in person at any voting center. Visit the Maricopa County Elections to stay updated on voting centers and ballot drop box sites.

Do I need to bring an ID?

YES. If voting in person, you’ll need to show a valid form of photo ID that also lists the address at which you’re registered to vote, for example a valid Arizona driver’s license. More info here.

Can I drop off a ballot for my friend or family member?

Only you, a family member, a household member or a designated caregiver can drop off your ballot. More info here.

When will I get my early ballot and when should I send it out?

Early ballots will be mailed out Oct. 7 in Maricopa County. You need to return your ballot by mail no later than Oct. 27.

What if I don’t make the deadline to return mail?

Drop off your ballot at a polling center or ballot drop box. Don’t worry: You don’t have to stand in line.

How do I know if my ballot has been counted?

You can sign up to receive a text confirmation from the County Recorder’s office. Or, you can check your ballot status here.

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