This spring and summer, there are many important elections coming to the voters of Arizona. Some elections will choose replacements for key officials who will resign from their posts, and some are regularly scheduled elections. To ensure that you can participate, it’s best to check your voter registration. If you wish to participate in a partisan primary election, an independent may request the party ballot of their choosing.
For the special election to replace Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8), there’s still time to register for the General Election that will be held on April 24, 2018:
Online – If you have an Arizona Driver License, you can register online by logging in to servicearizona.com.
By Mail – You can either print off a form from online or get a form from the County Recorder’s office. Some libraries and City Halls have these forms.
When you should update your voter registration:
You can also add your name to the Permanent Early Voter List to ensure that you will receive a mail ballot for all elections where you are eligible to vote, including local elections. Simply check the box on the form or go to Service Arizona to update your preference.
If you decide to vote by mail, your ballot will arrive approximately 30 days before Election Day. Your signed and sealed ballot must be received before Election Day or dropped off at a polling place on Election Day to be counted. Some cities, like Tempe, are now conducting all mail elections and there are locations such as City Hall where ballots can be collected until Election Day. You can also check to see if your city has an in-person polling place where you can vote early before Election Day.
Participating in this election process is part of being an engaged citizen. It’s worth the time to educate yourself about candidates and issues before the electorate and be part of the voting process. There have been many elections that have been decided by only a few votes. Use your voice and vote!
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