Recorder

"Frequently Asked Voter Questions"

VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 

GENERAL VOTING INFORMATION

 

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

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Who can register to vote?

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A resident of Arizona.
  • A convicted felon whose rights have been restored.
  • A person who is 18 years or older before the next General Elections.
  • It is a class 6 felony to register if you do not meet the above qualifications.

 

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Where can I get a registration form?

  • The Gila County Recorder’s Office
  • Post Offices and Libraries
  • Department of Motor Vehicle-Driver License Offices
  • On-line at www.servicearizona.com

 

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When am I registered to vote?

When a registration form is completed and received by the Recorder’s Office on or before 29 days before an election. Retain the copy of the registration form as your receipt or proof of registration until you receive your voter identification card.

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When do I have to update my registration?

A voter must update their voter registration if they wish to change their name, party affiliation or residential address.

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I lost my voter identification card. How do I get a new one?

  • By visiting the Gila County Recorder’s Office
  • By calling the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8619.
  • By e-mail at recorder@gilacountyaz.gov

 

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My voter registration card lists my party as “PND”. What is that?

“PND” means “Party Not Designated”. When you registered to vote, you did not list your choice of party so that portion of your registration was left blank or “no choice made”. Also, you could have selected to not be affiliated with a political party.

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When is the last day I can register to vote, change my name, or address before an election?

To be eligible for an election you must be registered or have the changes submitted no later than 29 days prior to the election.

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When is a voter registration cancelled?

Arizona Revised Statutes require that registrations shall be cancelled for the following reasons:

  • At the request of the person registered.
  • When the County Recorder has been notified of the death of a person registered.
  • When the County Recorder has received written notification that the person registered has been adjudicated an incapacitated person as defined in ARS 14-5101.
  • When the County Recorder has been notified in writing that the person registered has moved from the county and registered outside Gila County.
  • When a person has been on the inactive voter list for four consecutive years or through the date of the second general election for federal offices following the date of the notification from the County Recorder.
  • When the County Recorder has received information from the Court system indicating that you have been convicted of a felony. Pursuant to ARS 16-165(B), we are mandated to remove your name from the voter registration rolls and cancel your registration.

 

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When is a voter placed on the inactive voter registration list?

  • When an item is mailed to the person registered by non-forwardable first class mail and the item is returned as undeliverable the procedure is as follows:
  • A follow-up notice is sent within three (3) weeks of the returned notice to the address that appears on the registration form.
  • If the County Recorder does not receive a new registration form containing the new information within thirty-five (35) days following the second mailing, the name of the voter is transferred to an inactive list.

 

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When will I receive my sample ballot?

The sample ballot will be mailed no later than 11 days before the election.

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I have registered as an independent, can I vote in the Primary Election?

Yes, Arizona is an open primary state.  Independents, No Party Designated or a member of a Non-recognized political party, may choose to vote one of the available recognized or non-partisan ballots.

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Where can I find election results?

“Unofficial” results will be published on Gila County’s website www.gilacountyaz.gov on election night beginning at 8:00 p.m.  After the results are canvassed the results will become “Official”.

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If I didn’t vote in the Primary Election, can I vote in the General Election?

Yes.

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Where do I drop off my Early Ballot on election day?

A ballot can be dropped off at any Vote Center/Polling Place in the county and at the Gila County Recorder’s Offices in Globe or Payson.

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What is an official write-in candidate?

A vote for a write-in candidate will not count unless a person has filed an Official Write-In Nomination Paper with the County Election Department by the write-in deadline.

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When will my Early Ballot be mailed?

Early Ballots will be mailed out 27 days prior to Election Day.

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When can I  request an Early Ballot?

Ballots can be requested 90 days prior to the election, but all Early Ballots must be requested no later than the second Friday (11 days) before Election Day.

 

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Can I vote early and if so how?

Yes.  Early voting in person may be done no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election at the Recorder’s Office.  You may also request that an Early Ballot be delivered by mail to your residence or P.O. Box.

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How do I request an Early Ballot by mail and how do I turn it back in?

  • Verbally-you can call the Gila County Recorder’s Office (928) 402-8619.
  • In Person-at the Recorder’s Office.
  • On Line-at (Early Ballot Request Link)
  • If you will be out of town, you may request that a Ballot-By-Mail be mailed to the address where you may be staying.
  • Ballots may be returned in person, mailed back to the Recorder’s Office at 1400 E Ash St in Globe, Arizona 85501 or dropped in the Early Ballot drop box, which is located in the parking lot of the Payson and Globe Recorder's Offices.
  • Ballots may be dropped off at any Gila County Vote Center/Polling Place on Election Day.
  • Ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

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What should I do if I make a mistake on my Early Ballot?

  • You may call to have a replacement ballot mailed to you
  • You may bring your ballot to the Recorder’s Office for replacement
  • You may go to any Vote Center/Polling Place on Election Day and vote a Provisional Ballot

 

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I heard there is a permanent early voting list; how does that work?

  • The Permanent Early Voting List allows the voter who is registered to receive ballots by mail for each election.
  • Prior to each election you will receive a 90 day notice in the mail to verify your mailing address.  If your information is correct, you can disregard the letter and your ballot will then be automatically mailed to you on the date specified on the letter.
  • To sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List you must provide your signature and make the request in writing or call the Gila County Recorder’s Office and we can mail you the form.
  • If a voter on the Permanent Early Voting list wishes to be taken off, the Recorder’s Office needs a written request. Contact the Recorder’s Office for the form or write a written request with the registrants name, date of birth and signature.
  • Voters that choose to be on the PEVL are eligible for the State Special Election, Primary Election, and the General Election. If you are not registered with a recognized party for the Primary Election you must choose which ballot style you would like to receive.

 

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Can I arrange to have a ballot sent to my family member who is overseas?

Yes.  However, there are procedures set forth by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) just for overseas and military voters.  For more information on the FVAP you may contact your local federal voting assistance officer or the FVAP time line.

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