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When will mail-in ballots be sent? How can I vote early? FAQs about the 2020 election in Arizona

12 News wants to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions by Arizona voters.

ARIZONA, USA — Editor's note: A federal appeals court ordered Arizona's voter registration for the 2020 election to end by Oct. 15. 

The 2020 election will conclude on Nov. 3 and Arizonans will be asked to give their opinions on leadership for the state and nation plus policies that will affect them.

Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions to ensure that your votes are counted. 

You can submit your questions by texting 602-444-1212.

When will mail-in ballots be sent in Arizona?

Mail-in ballots will be sent out on Oct. 7

How/when can you submit your early vote in Arizona?

When Arizona residents are registering to vote, they can sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Early in-person voting will begin on Oct. 7.

Early voting locations have been specified for each county throughout the state. Check the AZSOS County information website.

Where are ballot drop boxes located?

All counties mail-in drop box locations can be found below: 

RELATED: Map: Ballot drop boxes in Maricopa County for November 2020 general election

Where are the in-person voting centers?

All county in-person polling centers can be found below: 

RELATED: Map: Where to vote in Maricopa County

RELATED: Map: Early voting in Pinal County for the November 2020 general election

When does ballot drop-off begin?

You may return your completed ballot immediately. Election officials recommend having your ballot filled out and placed in the mail by Oct. 27. You can drop off your ballot at vote centers or drop boxes in your county through 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. 


Can anyone drop off my ballot?

No. Only family members or caretakers. A 2016 Arizona law bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning another person’s early ballot.

RELATED: Supreme Court to review Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law

When is the last day to request a ballot of any form or sign up for the PEVL?

All requests for ballots and sign up for the PEVL must be done before or on Oct. 23. 

How do I track my early voting ballot?

Text JOIN to 628-683 if you're in Maricopa County or go online if you are anywhere in Arizona.

What should you have when you arrive at an in-person voting center?

When you arrive at the polling center, an election official will ask for your name and residence associated with your registration. Then they will ask for one List 1 identification form or two different ID forms from Lists 2 and 3

List 1 ID forms

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card
  • Tribal enrollment card or another form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification

List 2 ID forms

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or another form of tribal identification
  • Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

List 3 ID forms

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

For any further questions about the 2020 election, text 12 News at 602-444-1212 or email us at connect@12news.com.

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