Missed the mail-in deadline? You can still vote this week.
With COVID-19 sickening more than 180,000 people in Arizona, officials have been encouraging mail-voting as a way to avoid spreading the disease.
But if you forgot to request a ballot or drop it in the mailbox last week, there are still ways you can cast your vote tomorrow for Arizona’s primary election.
Here’s how to make your vote count:
If you received an early ballot but didn’t mail it by July 29, you can still fill it out and return it at any polling center or drop box in your county.
To find a place to take your ballot, find locations in your county here.
All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.
If you don’t have a ballot, or you did receive one but you messed it up, you can head to a polling center on Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
If you were mailed a ballot but decide you would rather go in person, you can also go to a voting center and your first ballot will be voided.
Due to the pandemic, Maricopa County is allowing voters to go to any voting center that is convenient, rather than assigning people specific locations.
The county will be operating 90-100 locations around the county, which you can find here.
You can also check the list of locations to see approximate wait times and the number of people in line so you can make a safer choice and avoid crowded areas.
For other counties, check the elections department website to find locations.
If you’re voting in person, as always, you must bring sufficient identification. It’s also recommended that your bring a face mask and a pen, although many locations will have those on hand.
If you mailed in your ballot, you can check its status on the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office website.
If your ballot has been received and the signature verified, you will see a message saying it arrived safe and sound.
The General Election
So you’ve voted in the primary. Are you ready for the general election on Nov. 3?
Arizona voters can sign up to receive email or text alerts about election deadlines here.
If you only requested an early ballot for the primary but would like to vote by mail moving forward, you can sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) here.
While you can sign up for the PEVL at any time, the window to request a one-time mail-in ballot starts Sunday.
The last day to request either a one-time ballot or opt in to the PEVL is Oct. 23. However, the U.S. Postal Service is recommending people request ballots at least 15 days before the election, or by Oct. 19, due to expected increases in mail-in voting.
And if you’re not registered to vote, the last day to do that before the general election is Oct. 5.
Ballots will start to be mailed out Oct. 7 and should be dropped back in the mailbox by Oct. 28 at the absolute latest.
See a full list of dates to know here.
It can be difficult to keep all the deadlines straight, so the Arizona Clean Elections Commission offers email reminders.
And Maricopa County residents can get reminders by email or text message.