Photos by Kassandra Alvarez
Photos by Kassandra Alvarez

Voters in metro Phoenix turned out before polling places opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, waiting join more than 2.5 million Arizonans who have already voted in the Nov. 3 election.

So far, lines have varied from less than 50 to more than 100 with some describing an hour-long wait. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes attributed the lines to an enthusiastic turnout. Nearly 36,000 voters have cast ballots as of 8:30 a.m., he said.

“We’re all systems go,” Fontes told radio station KTAR.

Statewide, turnout was already high with nearly 62% of voters already casting their ballots either by mail or in-person as of Monday morning, according to a tally from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

The Copper Courier spoke with several voters as they made their way to polling places, where they discussed candidates, communities, and their hopes for what the results of Tuesday’s election will bring.

Stories From Arizona Voters

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday effectively signed off on Republicans’ efforts to make it harder for Arizonans to vote and participate in elections.
No matter what the reviews in Arizona and elsewhere purport to find, they cannot reverse the 2020 election results.
The conservative-controlled US Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s laws restricting third-party ballot collection and out-of-precinct voting.
Vicente Ruiz believes his vote is for his community: artists, family, neighbors, and small business owners.
Megan Brown made the trip early to personally deliver her ballot, feeling “it is one small thing she can do to support the postal service.”
Immigration policy is a major concern for Maria, whose mother is undocumented and is married to a DACA recipient.
Kyle feels his vote will bring a voice to indigenous communities living in the valley and the veteran community—groups he often thinks are invisible.
Eighteen-year-old Jex Haskell believes voting is important for both his generation and his Native American community.
Jazmine says her vote reflects her support of the Black Lives Matter movement and protecting LGBTQ rights.
Not a supporter of Trump or his administration, Janae chose to vote for Joe Biden, believing he is the better choice between them.
Durety describes voting this year as “history in the making,” and did so with her parents in mind, who migrated to the US from Ethiopia 20 years ago.
Charles Brown walked into the early voting place, and his wife Megan, a tradition they feel began when they started dating in 2012.
Four years ago, 16-year-old Clarissa Ochoa watched her world change when Donald Trump was elected president.
Brianna has worked tirelessly to get out the vote in this election and to help elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot.
Bethlehem says she is using her voting power to have a say in who takes positions of power representing the community she stands for.
For Alan, this election is personal. The pandemic affected his employment, and Prop 208 could drastically change his fiancée’s career.
Mari Bigler considers herself a liberal Arizona voter. Knowing her vote makes a difference, she hopes to make this the last year Donald Trump is president.
Bernabe became a U.S. citizen in 1996 and has voted in every election since.