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How to Vote in Arizona’s 2024 Elections

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Important dates and election information

Key dates

  • Presidential preference election: Tuesday, March 19
  • State primary: Tuesday, July 30
  • General election: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Voting at a glance 

  • Mail-in voting: You don’t need an excuse to request a ballot by mail. Most voters choose this option.

Voting in Arizona

What to know about recent changes

Laws that recently took effect may change how you vote in the 2024 elections:

  • You must vote by mail in at least one election every four years to remain on Arizona’s Active Early Voting List and receive automatic ballots by mail. 
  • A by-mail ballot can only be returned by the voter, a member of the voter’s family or household, or the voter’s caregiver.

Voter registration 

The deadline to register to vote for the presidential primary is Tuesday, Feb. 20. The deadline to register to vote for the state primary is Monday, July 1.

You can register:

Across The U.S. Voters Flock To The Polls On Election Day
Voters enter a polling place in Phoenix.
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To vote in all elections, you must submit proof of citizenship with your voter registration form, such as an Arizona driver’s license, a copy of your tribal certificate, U.S. naturalization documents or other approved documentation. If you don’t provide proof of citizenship, you’ll be eligible to vote in federal elections, such as presidential and congressional races, but not in state, county and local elections.

After registering, you’ll receive a voter registration card in the mail within four to six weeks. Check your registration status via the Arizona Voter Information Portal.

Registering to vote on Election Day

You can’t register on Election Day to vote in that election; however, you can register to participate in future elections.

Voting and party affiliation

Presidential preference election: You must be registered as either a Democrat or Republican, and you must vote on that party’s ballot. If you’re affiliated with another party or registered without a party preference, you may not vote unless you change your party affiliation by Tuesday, Feb. 20.

State primary: If you’re registered with a state-recognized party (Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green or No Labels parties), you can only vote in that party’s primary. If you’re an independent or unaffiliated voter, you may select a Democratic or Republican ballot. Check the secretary of state’s website for more information as details become available.

Ways to vote

Requesting a by-mail ballot

Most Arizonans vote by mail. Sign up for the Active Early Voting List (AEVL) to automatically receive a by-mail ballot for all elections in which you’re eligible to vote. You can do this when registering to vote. Or, if you’re already registered, sign up:

If you don’t want to sign up for the AEVL list, you can request a one-time ballot:

  • By phone: Call your county recorder's office. You must provide your name, date of birth, residence address and other identifying information.

The last day to request a by-mail ballot for the presidential preference election is Friday, March 8. The last day to request a by-mail ballot for the state primary is Monday, July 1.

Returning a by-mail ballot

Your ballot must be received by county election officials no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Return your ballot:

  • By mail: Use the prepaid envelope included with your by-mail ballot. Arizona’s secretary of state office recommends mailing your ballot seven to 10 days before Election Day to ensure it reaches county election officials on time.
  • In person: Return your ballot at any ballot drop box, drop-off location, early voting location or Election Day voting location in your county on or before Election Day. Find all voting and drop-off locations on your county’s website

Your ballot envelope must be signed, or it won’t be counted. Track the status of your ballot at my.arizona.vote.

Voting in person before Election Day 

  • Presidential preference: Early voting begins Wednesday, Feb. 21 and runs through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
  • State primary: Early voting begins Wednesday, July 3 and runs through 5 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

Each county in Arizona has different in-person early voting options. Contact or visit the website of your county recorder for more information.

Voters are required to present approved identification to vote early in person.

Voting at the polls on Election Day

Poll hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you live in Maricopa County, find your polling location on your county’s website. If you live in Pima County, find your polling location using your county’s online Precinct Search tool. If you live in any other county, find your polling location by visiting my.arizona.vote.

If you received a by-mail ballot but decide to vote at the polls, you’ll be issued a provisional ballot, unless you surrender your by-mail ballot to election officials. A provisional ballot will be counted if you’re eligible to vote. Check the status of a provisional ballot through the state’s Voter Information Portal.

Voter ID requirements on Election Day

You’ll need to provide your name, place of residence and an approved photo ID, such as a valid Arizona driver’s license or ID card or a form of tribal identification. If you can’t provide a valid photo ID, you may provide two alternative forms of ID, such as a recent utility bill, bank statement or valid Arizona vehicle registration. Find the full list of identification options on the secretary of state’s website.

Voting with a disability

If you need help completing a by-mail ballot, you may request assistance from a person of your choice. The assistant must fill out their name and address on the ballot affidavit form.

All polling locations can accommodate people in wheelchairs and those with visual or hearing impairments, and are equipped with an accessible voting device. Poll workers are trained to assist people with disabilities.

Curbside voting may be available for voters who aren’t able to enter the polling location. Find more information at the secretary of state’s website.

More information about candidates and key races

Key races:

  • U.S. President
  • U.S. Senate: One seat
  • U.S. House: Nine seats
  • State House: 60 seats 
  • State Senate: 30 seats

Contact or visit the website of your county recorder's office for information about sample ballots.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Feb. 16, 2024, with new information about voting in the 2024 presidential preference and state primary elections.

Grace Dickinson is a writer for aarp.org who covers federal and state policy. She previously wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work has also appeared on sites including HuffPost and Eater.

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