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VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

GENERAL VOTING INFORMATION

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

 

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

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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 re-register?

A voter must re-register 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 Graham County Recorder’s Office in the General Services Building at 921 W. Thatcher, Blvd, Safford.
  • By calling the Graham County Recorder’s Office at (928) 428-3560.
  • By e-mail at recorder@graham.az.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 failed to list your choice of party so that portion of your registration was left blank or “no choice made”.

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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 twenty-nine 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 Graham 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.

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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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How do I know where to vote?

Your Vote Center/Polling Place information is located on the label of your sample ballot.

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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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What hours are the polls open?

On Election Day all polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

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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 party ballots.

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Where can I find information on the ballot issues?

The Secretary of State will mail a Publicity Pamphlet to each household with a registered voter prior to early voting.  Early voting for the Primary Election begins on July 31, 2014.

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Where can I find election results?

“Unofficial” results will be published on Graham County’s website www.graham.az.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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What congressional and legislative district (s) is Graham County in?

  • Congressional District #1.
  • Legislative District #14 and #7 (Reservation).

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

At any Vote Center/Polling Place in the county.

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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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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 Graham County Recorder’s Office (928) 428-3560.
  • In Person-at the Recorder’s Office.
  • On Line-at (Early Ballot Request Link) (Link will be activated 93 days prior to an election).
  • IMPORTANT: Requests can be taken from 93 days through 11 days prior to an election.  (We start mailing ballots 26 days prior to the election).
  • If you will be out of town, you may request that an Early Ballot be mailed to the address where you may be staying.
  • Ballots may be returned in person, mailed back to the Recorder’s Office or dropped in the Early Ballot drop box, which is located in the parking lot of the General Services Building.
  • Ballots may be dropped off at any Graham 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 permanently 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 Graham County Recorder’s Office and we can mail you the form.

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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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