Friday, July 22nd is the last day to request a ballot by mail in the Arizona primary

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Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 11:50 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 21, 2022 at 3:45 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- There are many important races in the upcoming primary elections, so if you want to make sure your voice is heard, there are important deadlines that are coming and going that could impact your vote, including Friday’s July 22nd deadline to request a ballot by mail to vote.

Voters will participate in federal, state, and county races in addition to 23 municipal races. Because Arizona has an open primary, you will have to pick a specific ballot. You can choose to obtain a Republican, Democratic, or, where available, a city/town-only ballot.

Voting by mail?

The Maricopa County Elections Department says those who are choosing to vote by mail this year should check their status at BeBallotReady.vote, an online portal filled with election information and your personalized voter registration. A list of helpful videos is also available to help you prepare your ballot. If you lose or damage your ballot, you can request a replacement one by calling election officials at 602-506-1511 or emailing EVreq@risc.maricopa.gov. You must make those requests no later than July 22. Replacement mail-in ballots can also be found at in-person voting locations through Election Day, which is on August 2nd. Voters can track their ballot by texting “JOIN” to 628-683 or using the Be Ballot Ready website.

Voting in person?

This year, Maricopa County is offering “vote anywhere” locations, meaning that voters in the county can vote at any in-person spot. Locations are opening on July 6, with more opening out throughout the early voting period. On August 2nd, all voting centers will be open from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. for Election Day. Each in-person location will also feature an early ballot drop-box. A full list of locations can be found by clicking/tapping here.

Voters will need to present a valid form of government-issued photo ID such as:

  • Valid Arizona driver’s license or non-operating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or another form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification

Those who do not have government IDs can either present two forms of alternative identification, one showing proof of residence and another matching their name to their photo, or can choose to cast a provisional ballot, which allows them three business days to provide an acceptable ID to the county recorder to have their ballot counted. During federal general elections, voters have five business days to provide a valid form of identification.

Key dates to remember

  • June 18 - Military and overseas ballots are mailed
  • July 5 - Voter registration deadline
  • July 6 - Ballots mailed; first in-person voting locations & drop boxes open
  • July 22 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot
  • July 26 - Last day to mail your ballot; postmarks are not relevant, ballots must be received by the county recorder by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • August 2 - Election Day

What if I have questions about my ballot?

Election officials from every Arizona county, including Maricopa County, have set up websites to help voters learn more about the elections process and answer commonly asked questions. Click or tap your county to find more information about your community’s upcoming election.