Elections FAQs

Q1: How do I find my polling location?
A: The county where you register to vote assigns you to a polling place for each election. Polling locations may change from one election to another so it is important to check the location before each election. Go here to find your polling location or contact your County Elections Office.

Q2. How do I know what district I’m in?
Fill in your name and address here to get a personalized Voter Guide for your district. Only the candidates that will be on your ballot will be shown.

Q3: I’ve moved and forgot to register at my new address. Can I vote at my new polling place?
A: You may vote by provisional ballot at the new polling place, as long as your driver’s license has your new address on it. If it does not, you must show two items with your current name and address, such as a utility bill and a bank statement. The full list of acceptable items to prove your residence can be found here.

Q4: What are the hours of the polling places?
A: All counties have their polls open from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Q5: What identification do I need to bring to the polling location?
A: For the most up-to-date list of acceptable forms of identification go here or call the Secretary of State’s Office at 602-542-8683.

Q6: How do I request an early ballot?
A: Early ballots must be requested from your County Elections Office.

Q7: How do I get added to the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL)?
A: By joining the PEVL for your county, you will automatically receive an early ballot by mail for every election. Each County Elections Office is responsible for maintaining their own PEVL. Click the link then look for your county. Navigate to your county’s website and look for information about the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Some counties have this listed right on their home page. Don’t hesitate to give them a call if you have any trouble.

Q8: I forgot to mail my early ballot. Is it too late?
A: Your ballot must be received by the County Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order for your vote to count. If you do not think it will be received on time in the mail, you may drop it off at any early voting location in your county, the county recorder’s office or county elections office, or at any voting location on election day in your county (you do not need to wait in line).

Q9: I made a mistake on my early ballot. What do I do?
A: You have a couple of options: The envelope on the early ballot has a box to check if there is an error on the ballot. If there is enough time before the election, you can check that box, mail your ballot in, and your County Elections Office will send you a new one. You may also check the box and take it to your polling place on Election Day and request a provisional ballot.

Q10: I’m going to be out of town on Election Day and don’t have an early ballot. Can I still vote early?
A: Yes, you do not need to have an early ballot in order to vote early. Early voting begins 26 days before an election. To get a list of early voting locations, contact your County Elections Office and view the Key Election Dates to see when early voting begins.

Q11: I would like to pass out fliers at my polling place on Election Day. What are the requirements?
A: Signs, fliers, and speech encouraging people to vote for or against a particular candidate or issue are permitted outside of a polling place, as long as they are 75 feet away from the main entrance being used by voters.

Q12: How does a church or other organization volunteer to become a polling location?
A: If you are in Maricopa County you can call 602-506-3535. All other counties should contact your County Elections Office. Polling places are usually designated 3-6 months before an election, but do feel free to contact your Elections Department as they are often looking for new polling locations.

Q13: What are the Key Election Dates to remember?
A: Click here to view the Key Election Dates.

Voter Guide FAQs


Q1: Which races are covered?
A: The races included in this Guide are:

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • AZ Governor
  • AZ Secretary of State
  • AZ Attorney General
  • AZ Treasurer
  • Corporation Commissioner
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • AZ State Senate
  • AZ State House of Representatives
  • City Mayor: Flagstaff, Phoenix and Scottsdale
  • Select school board races

Q2: Am I required to vote for every race?
A: No.

Q3: How many candidates can I vote for?
A: That varies, depending on the race

  • U.S. Senate: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: 1 candidate for your district may be voted for.
  • AZ Governor: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • AZ Secretary of State: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • AZ Attorney General: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • AZ Treasurer: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • Corporation Commissioner: 2 candidates may be voted for.
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • AZ State Senate: 1 candidate for your district may be voted for.
  • AZ State House of Representatives: 2 candidates for your district may be voted for.
  • City Mayor: 1 candidate may be voted for.
  • School Board: as many seats as are open.

Q4: What can I do at azvoterguide.com?
A: You can:

  • Read comments and biographical information from the candidates.
  • View responses from write-in candidates or candidates who missed the print deadline.
  • For federal races, view answers based on public statements and other credible sources for candidates who declined to respond to the survey.
  • Access a personalized copy of the Voter Guide.
  • See candidate endorsements by a range of advocacy groups.
  • Determine your voting location.
  • Register to vote.

Q5: Where can I view the candidate comments?
A: Type the candidate’s name into the search bar at the top of azvoterguide.com and you will see the candidate’s comments below their survey responses.

Q6: Is the Voter Guide Democratic or Republican?
A: Neither. It is factual, impartial, and nonpartisan. Every candidate in the covered races was treated equally and had the same opportunity to respond to the questions.

Q7: Who paid for the Voter Guide?
A: Concerned Arizonans dedicated to responsible citizenship have donated to make this resource available. No candidate or political party paid for any part of the guide. If you would like to join in our effort to educate voters, click here.

Q8: Are you endorsing specific candidates?
A: No. This guide is a nonpartisan educational resource provided as a public service. No candidates are endorsed.

Q9: Why do some of the candidates not respond?
A: We don’t know. All candidates were provided the same opportunity to respond to the survey questions. For candidates who declined to respond, we’ve provided the candidate’s contact information made available by the Secretary of State or city’s elections department. We encourage you to contact the candidate directly to ask them the survey questions.

Q10: What if the issue important to me is not addressed in the Voter Guide?
A: Our Voter Guide questions were designed to include a broad range of issues that will be of interest to the general public. If an issue important to you was not addressed in the Voter Guide, please feel free to contact the candidate directly.

Q11: How can I support the Voter Guide?
A: This guide would not be possible without the generous support of individuals around our state. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to continue this valuable work, you can call 602.424.2525 or click here. While there, sign up for free email updates on issues critical to your family.

Q12: What can a church do regarding the Voter Guide?
A: Churches may distribute the Voter Guide as a permissible activity without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status with the IRS. Here’s an overview of what churches can and cannot do during the election season. A legal letter from Alliance Defending Freedom assuring churches about the legal compliance of the Voter Guide during the 2018 elections is available here. Specific questions may be emailed to legal@azpolicy.org.

Q13: What are the Key Election Dates to remember?
A: Click here to view the Key Election Dates.

Q14: What is the Distribution Policy for the Voter Guide?
A: Click here to view the Distribution Policy

Q15: Who is Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)?
A: Center for Arizona Policy is a nonprofit advocacy group whose mission is to promote and defend the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.


Voter Registration Drive FAQs

Q1. What’s the basic process for registering voters?
A: Hosting a drive is simple:

  • Pick the dates for your drive.
  • Gather some help – just make sure your volunteers are 18 years old or over.
  • Decide about how to register voters – by using computers, paper forms, or a combination of both.

Q2. Why is using computers a good way to register voters?
A: Using web‐accessed computers at your voter registration table saves both time and paper by allowing people to register on-the-spot at servicearizona.com. When an Arizona driver’s license number is entered, a person’s current information appears and allows for registering, or verifying and updating an existing registration. Registering people online also saves you from having to keep track of and mail in the paper forms.

Q3. What do I do with the completed paper forms?
A: Once someone has completed his/her form, have them tear off the carbon copy page (if applicable) to keep for their records. If you printed the forms, this is not possible. In any case, you should NEVER photocopy the forms or use the forms to gather information – this is their personal information so their privacy should be respected. Several forms for the same county may be mailed together in one envelope to the appropriate County Elections Office, so it’s a good idea to group the completed forms by county. If a person needs to include a photocopy of identification documents, they must include the photocopy and the voter registration form in an envelope. In these cases, it’s up to you if you want to offer assistance or have them handle this on their own. Be sure to add the appropriate postage to get all the forms delivered to the County Elections Office.

Q4. How long does it take for Voter Registration to be approved?
A: The County Elections Office will send out the Voter Registration cards in the 4‐6 weeks after receiving the forms. If a new voter does not hear from them by then, they should contact their County Elections Office directly.

Q5. What are the Key Election Dates to remember?
A: Click here to view the Key Election Dates.

Q6. What do I do if I still have questions and need help?
A: Contact CAP at 602-424-2525. We are happy to help you plan a successful drive.

Voter Registration FAQs

Q1: I have moved. Do I need to register again?
A: Yes, you must register at your new address. Register online.

Q2. I recently moved, and I’m not sure where I’m registered to vote. How do I find out?
A: Go to Service Arizona’s EZ Voter Registration page. Fill out the form with your name, date of birth, and driver’s license number, and it will give you the house number and city where you are currently registered.

Q3. Who can register to vote?
A: Any U.S. citizen and Arizona resident who will be 18 by the election date can register. However, a person who has been convicted of a felony (unless civil rights have been restored) or treason or adjudicated as incompetent may not register.

Q4. I will be 18 by election day, but I am not going to be 18 before the voter registration deadline. Can I still register and vote on election day?
A: Yes, if you will be 18 on or before an election date, you can register by the deadline as a 17-year-old. The deadline to register is July 30 for the Primary Election on August 28 and October 9 for the General Election on November 6. If you register to vote as a 17-year-old, you are considered an “active registrant.” The day you turn 18, you become an “eligible voter.” The County Recorder’s office recommends that you register to vote online, print your confirmation, and bring it with you to the polls. If the polling location does not have your name on their rolls yet, you will be able to complete a provisional ballot.

Q5. I am disabled and unable to fill out my form. Can someone else help me fill out my form?
A: Yes. You may have someone fill out the form at your request. They must sign the form to verify that they signed the form on your behalf.

Q6. My name has changed. Do I need to register again?
A: Yes. You will need to fill out a new form or use this online form from servicearizona.com.

Q7. What if I live in Arizona only part of the year?
A: You can register to vote in Arizona only if you are a resident of Arizona. According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, “A resident is an individual who has an actual physical presence in the state and the intent to remain in the state. A temporary absence does not result in a loss of residence if the individual intends to return.”

Q8. What telephone number should I list? What if my telephone number is unlisted?
A: You are not required to list a phone number. Should you choose to provide a number, please keep in mind that whichever number you submit may be used by campaigns to contact you. Campaigns do not have to abide by the “Do Not Call” registry. Most voters choose to list their home phone number rather than a cell phone number.

Q9. What are the requirements for the Arizona driver’s license box?
A: Federal law requires that registrants give a driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number. If you have an Arizona driver’s license or identification card, list the driver’s license number. If you do not have a license, list the last four digits of your social security number.

Q10. Can I use my driver’s license as proof of citizenship to register to vote in Arizona?
A: Yes, you can use your Arizona driver’s license. If it was issued after October 1, 1996, you can use the online registration form and your driver’s license serves as proof of citizenship. If your license was issued before October 1, 1996, you will need to complete the printable voter registration form and you must include a photocopy of one of the acceptable proofs of citizenship. Remember that you may only include an Arizona driver or non-operating license number. It may not be from another state.

Q11. What if I do not want to register with a party?
A: Registering with a party is not required. If you leave this box blank as a first time registrant in your county, your party preference will be “Party Not Designated” (PND). If you leave this box blank and you are already registered in the county, your current party preference will be retained. Visit the online form and enter your information to see what party you are registered under.

Q12. What if I want to look up or change my political party?
A: You can look up and change your political party online at servicearizona.com. Click on “Voter Registration.” Fill out the form with your name, date of birth, and driver’s license number, and it will give you the party you are currently registered under.

Q13. What do I do once I have completed my form?
A: Once you have completed your form, tear off the carbon copy page (if applicable) to keep for your records or print the online confirmation. Fold the form in half along the “fold line” and seal it using the adhesive. On the back of the carbon copy page are addresses for all of Arizona’s County Elections Offices (or you may go here to find a list). Write the address of your County Elections Office on the envelope and stick it in the mail. The form MUST be addressed to the appropriate County Elections Office. If you are including a photocopy of identification documents, you must include the photocopy and the voter registration form in an envelope rather than using the adhesive. Don’t forget to add a stamp! Several forms for the same county may be mailed together in one envelope to that county’s office.

Q14. How long does it take for my Voter Registration to be approved?
A: The County Elections Office will send your Voter Registration card 4‐6 weeks after receiving the form. If you do not hear from them by then, contact them directly. If you are using the online form, print the online confirmation for your records. If you are completing a paper form, either keep the carbon copy or make a copy for your records.