Katie Hobbs Secretary Of State

General Election is November 3rd

Information and updates available here.
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Find a place to drop-off your ballot by mail or vote in person.
Today is the last day to mail your ballot back!
TODAY is the last day to request a ballot-by-mail or join the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) for this election!
UPDATE: The Voter registration deadline for the General Election has been revised to October 15, 2020





Arizona election information

The 2020 General Election was Nov. 3. Ballot tabulation is underway across the state. Unofficial results will be available here. Counties have 10 days to finish counting ballots. Check back here for updates because Arizona.Vote is your source for trusted election information.
Today is Election Day! Voting locations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the state. Remember, you can skip ahead and return an early ballot at any voting location or election drop-box. Remember to sign and date the envelope and include your phone number. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. We will start posting unofficial results here around 8 p.m. Arizona.Vote is your source for trusted election information.
The 2020 General Election is here! If you still have a ballot-by-mail return it at any voting location or election drop-box. Remember to sign and date the envelope and include your phone number, in case election officials need to contact you. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Look for more updates here, your source for trusted election information.
The 2020 General Election is here, and today is the last day we recommend for you to mail your ballot back to ensure it’s on time! Return it in the postage-paid envelope in the mail today, or you can return your ballot at any voting location or election drop-box. Remember to sign and date the envelope and include your phone number, in case election officials need to contact you. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Look for more updates here, your source for trusted election information.
The 2020 General Election is here and there are many ways to participate early and on Election Day. If you requested a ballot-by-mail, return it in the postage-paid envelope as soon as possible and not after Oct. 27 so that it gets to election officials on time. Or you can return your ballot at any voting location or election drop-box. Remember to sign and date the envelope and include your phone number, in case election officials need to contact you. You can also vote in-person early or on Election Day. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Look for more updates here, your source for trusted election information.
The 2020 General Election is here, and today is the last day you can request a one-time ballot-by-mail or join the Permanent Early Voting list (PEVL) to receive a ballot in the mail for every election for which you are eligible. When you get your ballot, return it in the postage-paid envelope as soon as possible and not after Oct. 27 so that it gets to election officials on time. Or you can return your ballot at any voting location or election drop-box. Remember to sign and date the envelope and include your phone number, in case election officials need to contact you. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Look for more updates here, your source for trusted election information.
Upcoming Events:
October 17, 2020
The Secretary of State’s Office is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss the 2020 General Election ballot measures, Prop. 207 Smart and Safe Arizona Act and Prop. 208.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
October 19, 2020
The Secretary of State’s Office is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss the 2020 General Election ballot measures, Prop. 207 Smart and Safe Arizona Act and Prop. 208.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
October 20, 2020
The Secretary of State’s Office is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss the 2020 General Election ballot measures, Prop. 207 Smart and Safe Arizona Act and Prop. 208.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
October 27, 2020
This is part of an informational Facebook Live series presented by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to answer questions about the upcoming General Election.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
2020 Election Timeline Katie Hobbs Secretary Of State
General Election
August 2, 2020
First day to request a one-time ballot-by-mail for the General Election only
October 7, 2020
First day for counties to mail ballots to voters (and first day of in-person early voting)
October 15, 2020 *
Voter Registration Deadline *
October 23, 2020 by 5:00 pm
Last day to request a ballot-by-mail or sign up for PEVL
October 27, 2020
Please mail back your ballot-by-mail as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, October 27. If you are unable to mail your ballot back by Tuesday, October 27, you should return it to any voting location or secure ballot-drop box in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
November 3, 2020
Election Day - All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m.

* UPDATE: Recent court orders have revised the voter registration deadline for the 2020 General Election. Voter registration applications must be received by October 15, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

COVID-19

The Secretary of State’s Office is in close communication with the Governor’s Office, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and county election officials so that all stakeholders have up-to-date information and can respond quickly to new developments. Counties are implementing common-sense precautions at voting locations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona’s Department of Health Services to prevent the spread of infection. The Secretary of State’s Office’s recent press release on COVID-19 preparedness is available here.

In addition to the precautions being implemented by elections officials, the Secretary of State’s Office recommends the following for voters:

  • Vote by mail
    The recommended deadline for mailing back a ballot-by-mail is October 27. If you are unable to mail back your ballot by October 27, you can drop it off at any designated ballot drop-off location or drop-box, any early voting location, or at any Election Day voting location in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • If you can’t vote by mail, vote early in-person
    Voters who are not on the Permanent Early Voting List and otherwise did not request and receive a ballot-by-mail are strongly encouraged to vote early in-person. Though many Arizonans vote early, Election Day polling places and vote centers continue to draw bigger crowds than in-person early voting locations.
  • Rely on trusted sources for election information
    Visit the Secretary of State’s Arizona.Vote or contact your county election officials for information on ballot drop-off locations, early voting locations and hours, and Election Day polling places and vote centers. You can find contact information for the Secretary of State’s Office and county election officials by clicking here.
  • Rely on trusted sources for COVID-19 information
    Finally, just as we urge voters to rely on state and county election officials as trusted sources for election information, we urge voters to rely on trusted sources and avoid inadvertently spreading misinformation about COVID-19. For accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Arizona and recommended precautions, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website: www.azdhs.gov/coronavirus.
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Independent Voters

A Primary Election serves to select each recognized political parties' nominees, who will then go on to the General Election ballot with all other party's nominees. Arizona has an Open Primary, which allows voters registered without a political party (commonly referred to as "independents”) to choose which primary they want to participate in. To receive a ballot-by-mail for a Primary Election, Independent Voters must notify their County Recorder’s Office which political party's Primary Election ballot they wish to receive.

For the August 4, 2020 Primary Election: Independent voters may request to receive a Republican, Democratic, or Nonpartisan/Municipal Only ballot. The Nonpartisan/Municipal Only ballot is only available in cities or towns with nonpartisan municipal races in August and will only contain those city/town races. (Nonpartisan municipal races are also included on partisan party ballots.)

Voters may indicate their ballot selection in one of four ways:

  • By Mail: Independent voters on the PEVL will receive a notice in the mail from their County Recorder. Return that notice with your choice of ballot selected.
  • By Phone: Call your County Recorder's office to indicate your ballot selection for the Primary Election.
  • Online: Use My.Arizona.Vote and select the Request a Ballot by Mail button. Follow the steps to the end to complete the request.
  • In-Person: Visit an early voting or Election Day voting location, select your choice of ballot, and vote in-person.

Independent voters on the PEVL will not receive a ballot in the mail for a primary election unless they contact their County Recorder and specify their ballot selection.

Find your County Recorder’s contact information here.


How we secure Arizona's elections

How we secure Arizona's elections

  1. System Access

    Only authorized state and county elections officials have access to the Arizona Voter Information Database (AVID), and all authorized users are required to log in using multifactor authentication.

  2. Environment and Hosting

    The Azure Government Cloud offers Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection with Always-On Traffic Monitoring and Real Time threat mitigation. All of AVID is monitored using advanced security threat detection that protects against SQL injections, unusual location access, and brute force attacks. Further, data is protected in transit using TLS encryption as well as being encrypted when the data is at rest.

  3. Logging and Monitoring of All Database Traffic

    Any modification to a Voter record in AVID is logged for auditing purposes.

  4. Disaster Prevention and Recovery

    Security scans of all system assets are performed on a routine basis to ensure any potential vulnerabilities are identified. Data backups occur on a per minute basis and are stored for a set amount of time along with regular weekly and monthly backups which are stored for longer periods.

  5. Adherence to Industry Standards

    AVID was designed to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology security controls and associated assessment procedures defined in NIST SP 800-53 Revision 4 Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.

  6. Security Awareness Training for County Users

    County users receive security awareness training through the Secretary of State’s overall election security training exercises and monthly meetings.

  1. AZSOS Websites

    Our websites are behind web application firewalls, which protect us from DDoS and other attacks. We use secure coding techniques and host most of our election-related web content in the cloud to further boost redundancy and availability.

  2. AZSOS Office Networks

    We use industry standard technology to secure our networks, and our security is continually assessed and enhanced with help from the Arizona Department of Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and private sector security companies. Our staff is well-trained in cybersecurity awareness and phishing email detection.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens can transmit their Federal Post Card Applications (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWAB) to the County Recorders using a secure portal. The login portal is protected from DDoS attacks to ensure availability, and all information transmitted through the portal is encrypted through SSL/TLS.

  1. Decentralization = No Single Point of Access

    Elections in the United States are conducted independently across thousands of local jurisdictions. This means there is no single point of access. In Arizona, elections are conducted independently by each of our 15 counties and overseen by the Secretary of State.

  2. Certification Requirements

    All equipment used in Arizona must be certified by both the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Secretary of State’s Equipment Certification Advisory Committee to ensure that it meets both federal and state-specific requirements.

  3. Logic and Accuracy Testing

    Before voting starts, county election officials conduct logic and accuracy testing on each piece of voting equipment to make sure that ballots will be marked and counted correctly. In addition, the Secretary of State’s Office also performs a logic and accuracy test of a sample of voting and tabulation equipment at each county before each election.

  4. Paper Ballots

    In Arizona, no matter how one votes, there will be a piece of paper to visually verify holds the correct vote.

  5. Isolated Election Systems

    In Arizona, election systems (computerized systems that program elections and count votes) are air-gapped, meaning that they are never connected to the internet or office networks.

  6. Contingency Planning

    If something happens on or near election day, county election officials have back-up plans in place to ensure eligible voters can still cast a ballot and that ballots can still be counted.

  7. Post-Election Hand-Count Audits

    County election officials, with participation from the political parties, perform a random, post-election audit on selected races to validate results.

  8. Cyber and Physical Fortification

    Federal Help America Vote Act grants are being used in Arizona to bolster county office network and website cybersecurity, as well as physical security improvements at county facilities. Arizona also provides the counties with free security awareness training and phishing testing services.

  1. Election Officer Certification

    Each election cycle, the Secretary of State’s Office trains and prepares new election officers from around Arizona for their upcoming duties in a week-long certification program. Also, every previously certified election officer in Arizona is required to take a re-certification class each election cycle.

  2. Chain of Custody and Logging

    By law, election equipment and materials, like ballots, must always be protected, and all access to them must be logged. In many cases, two people must be present when equipment or materials are moved.

  3. Audit Procedures

    Many auditing procedures are used to make sure vote counts are accurate across the entire election process.

  4. Filing Election Programs with AZSOS

    The Secretary of State is a repository for the election system programming used by each county, which also serves as a backup in case of deletion or tampering elsewhere.

It is vitally important that we help candidates and other political entities to protect themselves. The Secretary of State’s Office has produced a guide titled “Cybersecurity tips for candidates, parties, and PACs” that gives cybersecurity guidance specifically targeted for these entities.

  1. Tamper Evident Envelopes and Ballot Tracking

    In Arizona, counties utilize tamper evident envelopes for mailed ballots and voters can verify whether their mail ballot has been sent to them and whether it has been accepted by the county after it has been mailed back.

  2. Security of Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Drop-Boxes

    Ballot drop-off locations and drop-boxes must comply with security requirements and procedures outlined in the Elections Procedures Manual.

  3. Signature Verification

    Every ballot-by-mail is authenticated through a rigorous signature verification process conduct by trained election officials.

  4. Criminal Penalties for Misconduct

    Arizona law imposes severe criminal penalties for ballot tampering, vote buying, or discarding someone else’s ballot.

  1. Building Strong Relationships

    Fostering trust, collaboration, and communication between the many stakeholders in Arizona’s election community helps keep the voting jurisdictions within the state up-to-date, prepared, and cohesive. All 15 counties in Arizona are members of the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) and receive alerts, guidance, and security services from federal agencies.

  2. Security Training and Exercises

    The Secretary of State’s Office provides cybersecurity and election security training for our county partners, and hosts election security preparedness exercises.

  3. Incident Response and Communications Plans

    The Secretary of State’s Office has worked with representatives from the counties to draft an election incident response plan that can be implemented by every county.

  1. AZSOS Public Education Campaign

    Our largest threat to fair and secure elections today is “information operations”, a term that means presenting misinformation about candidates, issues, election officials, or election processes in an attempt to influence election outcomes or public perception about the accuracy of elections themselves. In 2020, we will be investing time and resources to inform Arizonans to be aware of how to spot and report mis- and disinformation.

  2. Verified Social Media Accounts

    We verify our social media accounts, so when the bad actors start spreading misinformation using a copycat account, we can counter that with accurate information using our official account. We’re also working with county election officials to verify their social media accounts.

  3. Social Media Response Plans

    The primary goals of a social media plan should be to distribute accessible, correct information, and at the same time challenge and correct misinformation. Having a direct line of communication with social media companies provides efficient processes for removing false or misleading information and replacing it with accurate information that can be amplified by trusted sources.

  4. Coordinating with Civic Engagement Organizations

    Civic engagement organizations often work directly with voters. Developing strong relationships with groups in the time leading up to an election is crucial to establishing credibility and communication.

  1. Update/Confirm Voter Registration Status

    Voters can verify the accuracy of their voter registration record and make any necessary updates by visiting www.arizona.vote and/or contacting the Secretary of State or their County Recorder.

  2. Understanding the Right to Vote

    The best response to attempts to disrupt our elections or spread misinformation that discourages voting is for voters to continue to register and exercise their right to vote. Voters have a right to a ballot, even if its provisional, have a right to vote if they are in line by the close of polls, and can request and receive assistance to support them in exercising their right to vote.

  3. Know Trusted Sources for Election Information

    It is important to always get information about when and how to vote from trusted sources.

  4. Being Ballot Aware

    Be aware of relevant laws related to returning of ballots, as well as deadlines for returning ballots by mail or dropping it off in-person.

  5. Beware of Sensationalist News Stories

    No matter the situation, beware of the headline that says, “Election Hacked!”. Election-related systems are often incorrectly identified as an election system. Again, look to trusted sources of information for reliable news about elections.

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General Election FAQs

Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. To find out what qualifies as an acceptable form of identification in Arizona click here.

Driver’s License Expiration Extension and Impact on Voter ID

If a voter uses an Arizona driver’s license that expired any time after March 1, 2020 as their voter ID for the General Election on November 3, this license should be accepted as valid voter ID. The validity of that license has been extended for all legal purposes per Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-53. This executive order postponed requirements to renew standard drivers licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by one year from their original expiration date.

Poll workers at your voting location should be aware of this. However, if you experience any issues, you can request to speak with the polling place marshall or inspector. Our office recommends taking back up ID if possible. A list of valid identification is available here. As a last resort, you can vote a conditional provisional ballot then present your ID to your County Recorder's Office by 5 business days after the election. Please report any issues at your voting location by visiting https://azsos.gov/IncidentForm or call our office at 1-877-THE-VOTE.

All registered voters on the PEVL or who requested a ballot-by-mail will receive a ballot-by-mail for the General Election regardless of party status. While ballots in a Primary Election are specific to one party, ballots in the General Election do not vary by party. Voters registered as Independents (or no designated party) do not need to make any special requests in order to vote in the General Election. For more information or to request a ballot-by-mail, click here.

Your ballot-by-mail must be received by county election officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. You have several options to return your ballot-by-mail: drop it off at a polling location before Election Day; return it by mail; or bring it to a polling location on Election Day. Given the current delays in mail, we highly recommend that you mail your ballot back 7 days before the election. This means that you should put your ballot in the mail by Tuesday, October 27, 2020. After October 27, you should take your ballot to any ballot drop-off location or voting location in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You have two options for returning your ballot-by-mail:

  • Mail back your ballot: Use the pre-paid envelope included in your ballot-by-mail package. We recommend mailing it by the Tuesday (October 27, 2020) before Election Day to ensure it reaches your county election officials on time.
  • Drop off your ballot: You may drop off your ballot at any ballot drop-box, drop-off location, early voting location, or Election Day voting location in your county on or before Election Day. Find all voting and drop off locations on your county’s election website. Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You do not need postage if you mail your ballot back in Arizona.

All early ballots come with a postage-paid return envelope. There is no need to add postage. Voters should remember to sign and date the return envelope, and to include a phone number in case election officials need to follow up with you. If you are mailing a ballot back, do so as soon as possible and no later than Oct. 27, 2020 to help ensure election officials receive it by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020.

You may track the status of your ballot at My.Arizona.Vote to confirm that it was received and counted. If you live in Pima County or Maricopa County, check with your county election officials for status updates.

Voters in Maricopa County can receive automatic updates on their ballot status via text. Text the word "JOIN" to 628-683 or visit TextSignUp.Maricopa.Vote to subscribe.

Voters in Pima County can find more information at: to https://www.recorder.pima.gov/voterstats/ballotinfo.

If you have lost or damaged your ballot-by-mail, you may request a replacement ballot via mail or in-person.

To request a replacement ballot-by-mail, contact your County Recorder’s Office directly. Requests for the General Election must be made by October 23, 2020.

You may also visit a voting location on or before Election Day to vote in-person. Visit My.Arizona.Vote to find your correct voting location.

No, Official Election Mail cannot be forwarded automatically by the postal service. If you will be out of town during the election, you may request to have your ballot sent to your temporary address. Contact your County Recorder directly to make this request.

To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

You should always verify your assigned voting location before going to vote. Early Voting and Election Day locations will be available approximately one month before Election Day. Voters can visit My.Arizona.Vote to find their assigned voting location.

Maricopa County voters should visit Locations.Maricopa.Vote to find a Vote Center near them for Early or Election Day voting.

Pima County voters should visit https://web1.pima.gov/Elections/polling-locator/ to find their assigned polling location for Election Day or https://www.recorder.pima.gov/EarlyVotingSites for Early Voting sites.

Note: Voting locations may not be posted until October, check with your County’s election officials to find more information. To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

Each county has different in-person early voting options starting 27-days before Election Day up through 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Visit your County Recorder’s website or contact your County Recorder directly to learn more about in-person early voting options in your county. To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

Voters are now required to present sufficient identification to vote early in-person. For more information on voter ID, visit: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election.

Voting between 5:00pm on the Friday before Election Day through the Monday before Election Day is considered Emergency Voting in Arizona Statute.

Contact your County Recorder or Elections Department to learn more about emergency voting options available in your county. To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

The County Board of Supervisors may authorize Emergency Voting Centers for in-person voting between 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election and 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election. For the purposes of emergency voting, “emergency” means any unforeseen circumstance that would prevent the voter from voting on Election Day.

Tovote at an emergency voting center:

  • Voters will be required to present sufficient identification. For more information on voter ID, visit: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election.
  • Voters must also sign a statement under penalty of perjury starting that the voter is experiencing or has experienced an emergency after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the election and before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday immediately preceding the election that will prevent them from voting at a polling place on Election Day.

Tamper-Evident Envelopes and Ballot Tracking: In Arizona, counties utilize tamper-evident envelopes for mailed ballots. Additionally, voters can verify whether their ballot-by-mail has been sent to them and whether it has been received and accepted by the county after mailing it back.

Security of Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Drop-Boxes: Ballot drop-off locations and drop-boxes must comply with security requirements and procedures outlined in the Elections Procedures Manual.

Signature Verification: Every ballot-by-mail is authenticated through a rigorous signature verification process conducted by trained election officials. The voter is contacted if the signature on the ballot-by-mail affidavit is inconsistent with the signature in the voter’s registration record.

Criminal Penalties for Misconduct: Arizona law imposes severe criminal penalties for ballot tampering, vote buying, or discarding someone else’s ballot.

In addition to any United States Postal Service mailbox by October 27, 2020, General Election ballots can be dropped at any ballot drop-off location and drop-box of the assigned county by 7:00 pm on Election Day November 3, 2020.

For any statewide, county or legislative election, the county recorder or officer in charge of elections provides a live video stream of ballots in the tabulation room or the counting center.

Apache | Cochise | Coconino | Gila | Graham | Greenlee | La Paz | Maricopa

Mohave | Navajo | Pima | Pinal | Santa Cruz | Yavapai | Yuma

Overseas voters can request a ballot from their county through our online portal at My.Arizona.Vote. More information regarding options for voting and returning a ballot for overseas voters is available here: https://my.arizona.vote/UOCAVA2/default.aspx.

If you have more questions about voting by mail, you should contact your County Recorder’s Office. To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

You can also contact the Election Services Division at the Secretary of State’s Office at [email protected] or 1-877-THE-VOTE.

To find your County Recorder’s contact information, click here.

Have questions? Call 1-877-THE-VOTE or contact us.