“Talk is cheap, voting is free; take it to the polls...”
~ Nanette Avery
In the 2019 school budget vote in Santa Cruz County, the election was decided by 13 votes. A powerful, local reminder that every vote truly counts. Below are some frequently asked questions about voter registration and voting in Arizona.
There are at least three ways:
- If you have an Arizona Drivers’ license or non-driver ID, change your address here.
- If you do not have an Arizona ID, you can go to the county recorder office. If you moved from one county to another county, go to the office in the new county.
- Pima County:
- 240 N. Stone Ave; Tucson, AZ 85701 (downtown)
- 6920 E. Broadway, Suite D; Tucson, AZ 85710 (eastside)
- Santa Cruz County:
- 2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite 101; Nogales, AZ (near Grand & Mariposa)
- Pima County:
- If you do not have an Arizona ID, you can also request that the county recorder mail you a paper form. Forms are also found at all local libraries.
If you’ve lived at the same residence all this time, you do not need to re-register. Voter registration does not expire. If you haven’t voted in many years, it’s possible you are treated as “inactive” within the elections records, but you can still vote in-person without re-registering.
Yes! Arizona has something called the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). If you are on the PEVL list, it means that you will be mailed a ballot automatically a few weeks before the election. If you don’t think you are already on the PEVL list, you can sign up for it anytime here. Currently, more than 80% of Arizona voters are signed up for PEVL!
Yes! If you are otherwise eligible to vote, you can register in Arizona without having an Arizona ID. But it does require a bit more documentation. For example, you can provide a copy of a birth certificate or a copy of the relevant page of your passport.
If you were registered previously in the same county, you probably won’t need to provide any of these forms of ID. Just update your information here, or in person.
In Arizona, you can register to vote if you have “actual physical presence” in Arizona and “an intent to remain” here. For example, if you live in Arizona for large parts of each year and you plan to continue doing that indefinitely. Arizona law doesn’t say how many months each year you must live here.
Registering to vote in Arizona does not necessarily mean that you are a “resident” of Arizona for all things. However, it does mean that you are an Arizona resident for car registration and drivers’ license purposes. Under Arizona law, “residency” for voting and for income tax purposes are different. The other state will likely have its own rules about all this.
And, you cannot be registered to vote in two states at the same time!
In Arizona, a felony conviction affects your ability to vote. If you have only one felony conviction in your past, you should have had your civil rights restored automatically after you completed probation or received a final discharge from prison. However, frequently a person’s civil rights are not automatically restored even though they should have been, so it is important to double-check the court file.
If you have more than one felony conviction, you cannot vote until an Arizona judge restores your civil rights. In this instance, you can apply for set aside and restoration two years after being discharged from prison.
In Pima County, the Public Defender’s Office sponsors a free clinic for this purpose every Wednesday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Location: 33 N. Stone, 21st floor (downtown Tucson).
If you were arrested for a felony, that does not necessarily mean you were convicted of a felony. Sometimes, charges are dropped or the attorneys negotiate a lower-level misdemeanor crime. If you are unsure whether you were convicted of a felony, it is important to double-check the court file.
Even if you are not yet 18, you may still be able to register to vote now. You can register now if you will turn 18 before November 5, 2020.
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