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Voting in DTPHX: Everything You Need to Know for the District 7 Runoff Election

by Amanda Clark
Community Politics & Elections Amanda Clark February 25, 2021

Downtown is getting a new Phoenix City Council member on March 9, and early voting is already underway. If you didn’t realize there was a runoff election upon us or you simply just need the who, what, where, when, and why, here’s a brief guide with the important info to help you stay on top of your civic duties.

What does a Phoenix City Council member do?

In one sentence, they’re the people you can talk to about local issues that you’d like to see addressed.

Our City Council, and every city and town council, is a locally elected, policy- and law-making body that has the authority to pass city laws and ordinances. The term length for each council member is four years. At regular meetings, typically open to the general public, the Council hears requests and grievances of local citizens (ie:, YOU!). They also receive updates from city staff and affiliate organizations on current projects and initiatives happening across the community.

What council districts are voting, and why?

Both Districts 7 and 3 are participating in this year’s City Council Runoff Election. This election is being held for the two available spots after no candidate for either seat received more than 50% of the vote in the November 2020 general election. The winner of this runoff election will be determined by vote count, rather than a percentage of votes, meaning that the candidate with the most votes wins the seat.

How do I know what district I’m in?

District 7 encompasses parts of Estrella, Maryvale, Laveen, South Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix. District 3 encompasses North Central Phoenix, Moon Valley and part of North Phoenix. You can use this handy tool from the City of Phoenix to determine your voting district.

Who’s on the ballot for District 7 (DTPHX)?

Democrats Cinthia Estela and Yassamin Ansari are competing for outgoing Phoenix City Councilmember Michael Nowakowski’s spot (he’s reached the end of his term limit). Learn more about the District 7 candidates’ views on downtown issues. City Council elections are non partisan.

What are the important dates?

It can be hard to remember all the deadlines and dates for elections, so here’s a list to help you keep track:

  • February 8Latest date to register to tote
  • February 10Early voting begins and early ballots mailed
  • March 2Recommended last day to mail in your early ballot
  • March 5Last day to vote early in-person at Phoenix City Hall
  • March 6, 8, and 9In-person voting at voting Centers (three days)
  • March 17Final election results (canvass of vote)

How can I vote in this election?

  • Check your voter registration. Even if you think you’re good, check it again. Confirm that you’re registered at your *current* address.
  • If you’re not registered to vote, the last day to do so for this election was February 8, 2021. If you missed this deadline, you should still register to vote to ensure you’re ready for future elections. Heads up, there’s an Arizona U.S. Senate race & gubernatorial race in November 2022
  • If you are registered to vote, there are three options at this stage in the game:
    • You previously signed up to be on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) and your mail-in ballot has arrived. Complete, sign, and return no later than March 2 to ensure it arrives before March 9.
    • You will be voting in-person early at Phoenix City Hall. Early in-person voting ends March 5.
    • You will be voting in-person on March 6, 8, or 9 at a voting center (listed below).

Where do I vote?

Where can I cast my EARLY in-person vote?

Voters in District 7 or 3 can vote early in-person at Phoenix City Hall. Don’t forget to wear a mask.

Where can I cast my vote on election days? (click for directions)

Voters in District 7 or 3 can choose from any of the 12 voting centers listed below. All locations will be large enough to allow for physical distancing and safety protocols will be in place. Don’t forget to wear a mask.