The primary election is August 24th, 2010, and this is the last week to get registered if you want to vote in that election. Monday, July 26th is the LAST day to register if you want to vote in the primary!
There are many ways to vote in this election, and in Arizona early voting is gaining popularity. Before this was known as absentee voting but now anyone can request an early ballot, and in fact you can be put on the Permanent Early Voter List to automatically get a ballot by mail anytime there is an election.
This process is as simple as getting a Netflix DVD. You get the ballot via Post Office and return postage is all covered. You just fill out the ballot, sign where necessary, and that’s it! You even get an “I voted” sticker.
Registering to vote
If you have a drivers license you can register to vote online right now! Just visit the Service Arizona webpage and be done is less than 5 minutes.
There are many other ways to register to vote. You may even meet someone at your doorstep passing out campaign literature who has registration forms. Most post offices also have registration forms and you can find list of places to register from the Pima County Recorder’s office.
You must fill out a new registration form in any of the following 4 cases:
- New registration
- Address change
- Political party change
- Name change
Special information for military personnel can be found at your county Recorder’s office.
You can request an early ballot for the upcoming elections right now by going to the Early Ballot Request site.
If you would like to get an automatic early ballot for every election then you must fill out the form on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) site.
The early ballots can be mailed in or if it is the day of the election they can be dropped off at any polling place.
Warning: If you request an early ballot, your polling place will have you marked down as already receiving a ballot to avoid voting more than once. If you lose an early ballot get it taken care of ASAP as you will have to jump through some legal loops at the polling place on election day. If memory serves correct, a friend of mine had to fill out a form and swear under penalty of law that they had lost the form and are not voting more than once… you can imagine the trouble. My suggestion is to fill out the ballot before you lose it.
“Since Arizona is an open primary state, even independent voters or those who are not affiliated with a political party may vote. Just designate which political party’s ballot you want at the time you make your request.” – Pima County Recorder
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For more information on the voting process in Press Release below:
For information about polling place ID requirements, please contact the Pima County Division of Elections at (520) 351-6830, or visit their web site at www.pima.gov/elections.
Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez announced that the cut-off to register to vote in the August 24, 2010 Primary Election is rapidly approaching. The cut-off is midnight, MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010.
“Since cleaning up our voter registration rolls this spring, there are many “lost” voters who have moved within Pima County but have not updated their residence address with our office” said Ms. Rodriguez. “If you have moved recently and not updated your voter registration, we are looking for you.”
A new voter registration form must be completed by anyone who has moved (even to a new apartment number in the same complex), changed their name since their last registration, is a new Pima County resident, or would like to change their party affiliation.
Please remember that, if you are registering to vote for the first time in Pima County, you must bring proof of United States citizenship. An Arizona driver’s license issued after 10/01/1996, your birth certificate, U.S. Passport or a naturalization certificate may be used to establish citizenship.
Forms may be obtained at the Pima County Recorder’s office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle branch, all post offices and libraries, political party headquarters, and city/town halls. Voters may also log onto the Recorder’s office web site at www.recorder.pima.gov and download a form to complete and mail in, or click on the link called “EZVOTER” for the online Motor Vehicle Division voter registration system. Or, voters may also log onto servicearizona.com to access the site directly. For more information, voters may call the Pima County Recorder’s office at 740-4330. Out-of-town residents may call 1-800-775- 7462 and ask for extension 4330.
In addition, we are accepting vote-by-mail ballot requests for the August 24, 2010 Primary Election, and will continue accepting them through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010.
“Since Arizona is an open primary state, even independent voters or those who are not affiliated with a political party may vote,” continued Ms. Rodriguez. “Just designate which political party’s ballot you want at the time you make your request.”
Voters who are signed up for the Permanent Early Voting List will automatically receive their Primary Election ballot, as long as they are registered under a party affiliation, or have provided the Recorder’s office with their political party ballot preference if they are registered Independent or have no party designation.
Request a vote-by-mail ballot now for the August 24, 2010 Primary Election by calling the Pima County Recorder’s office at (520) 740-4330. Out-of-town residents may call 1-800- 775-7462 and ask for extension 4330. Voters may also log onto the Recorder’s web site at www.recorder.pima.gov and either request a ballot online, or download a vote-by-mail request to complete and mail in.