Elections Staff Do Not Pick Up Ballots at Residences or Ask How One Voted

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The city of Phoenix reminds voters that neither the county nor city elections departments send staff to residences to pick up ballots.  Also, elections staff would never ask a voter how they voted.

Voters have reported that individuals have come to their doors stating that they work for the elections department and that they are there to pick up the voter’s early ballot to return it.  The individuals also are asking questions about how the resident voted the ballot.

Voters should not give their ballot to anyone making such claims because they are not working for the elections department.  Voters are encouraged to personally return their early ballot either by mail or delivering it to a voting location.  If a voter needs someone to return an early ballot for them, it should only be given to someone the voter knows and trusts.

If any voter is approached by someone claiming to be picking up ballots for the election department, they are encouraged to not answer any questions about voting and not give the person a ballot.  If voters are concerned that these people are not legitimate, they can ask to see their government identification and if it is not given, they should end contact immediately and then report the incident to city election staff at 602-261-VOTE (8683).

As a reminder, early ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, to be counted.

For more information about the election, contact the City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683), TTY 602-534-2737 or visit the City Clerk's Elections website.

Media Contact: Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512