Early Voting Information for the City of Phoenix
Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions
How can I request an early ballot?
Voters can call 602-261-VOTE (8683) and request an early ballot request postcard, or mail a signed letter listing their name, date of birth, address and phone number to the City Clerk Department, Records and Elections Division, 200 W. Washington St., 15th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
When can I request an early ballot?
Early Ballots may be requested no earlier than 120 days prior to the election and requests must be received no later than the Friday, 11 days prior to the election.
What is the Permanent Early Voting List?
Arizona law allows a voter to place their name on a "Permanent Early Voting List," which is maintained by the County Recorders. What this means is that once you are on this list, you no longer have to request an early ballot to be mailed to you for each election. Instead, by being on this list, an early ballot will automatically be mailed to you. You will receive a notice about 120 days prior to an election with a postage-paid postcard that you can use to tell us you do not want an early ballot for that election. The postcard will also allow you to update your voter registration information. For more information about this List, visit the Maricopa County Recorder's website.
When will I receive my early ballot?
After the request is received and verified, an official early ballot will be mailed approximately 26 days prior to the election. If you will be away from your registered address and wish to have your ballot mailed to another address, you will need to contact the City Clerk Department.
How can I return my early ballot?
Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Election Day and can be dropped off at Phoenix City Hall main lobby, or at the City Clerk Department located on the 15th floor of Phoenix City Hall. Early ballots may be mailed to the City Clerk Department, 200 W. Washington St., 15th floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003. If mailed, your ballot must be received by the City Clerk Department before 7 p.m. Election Day. Early ballots may also be dropped off at an early voting site or voting center during voting hours.
Where can I vote early in person?
For all City of Phoenix elections, in-person early voting is conducted at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., 15th Floor, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning 26 days prior to the election and until the Friday immediately preceding the election. Several additional early voting locations may be available beginning 18 days prior to the election. For more information, call the City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683).
How do I get more information about the election?
A Sample Ballot/Publicity Pamphlet is mailed to each household in Phoenix with registered voters, about 30 days prior to the election. The Pamphlet also is available at phoenix.gov. To request an alternative format Sample Ballot/Publicity Pamphlet or for more information, contact the City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683), or call the TTY number at 602-534-2737.
What measures does the city take to protect your ballot in the vote by mail process?
There are a number of ways your ballot is protected. The most important are the signature verification process and the limitations on who may handle early ballots. The City Code requires a signed request for an early ballot. The signatures on the request and the early ballot affidavit envelope containing the voted ballot are compared with the voter's original affidavit of registration from Maricopa County records.
Can someone else pick up my early ballot from the City Clerk Department?
No. An early ballot can only be mailed or provided directly to the voter. This is to ensure that no other person has the opportunity to steal, alter or invalidate an early ballot.
Can I vote at a voting center if I request and receive an early ballot, but later decide I want to vote at the polls?
Yes, as long as you have not returned your early ballot to the city. If you decide to vote at the polls after receiving an early ballot, officials will verify that your early ballot was not received by the City Clerk before you are provided with a voting center ballot.