Arizona voting issues

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Election and registration information

For election information: 1-877-THE-VOTE

Voter identification at the polls

On November 2, 2004, the voters passed into law Proposition 200, which requires voters who vote at the polls to present one form of identification that bears the name, address and photograph of the voter or two different forms of identification that bear the name and address of the elector before receiving a ballot.

Proof of identification is required at the polls on voting day. You may vote if you are registered and have one of the following IDs, including on it your name, voting address, and picture:

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operator identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other tribal information card
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification

If you do not have one of the above forms of identification, you may use two of the following if they show your name and voting address:

  • Utility bill, addressed to the voter, that is dated within 90 days of the election (electricity, water, gas, cell phone, telephone, cable bills all qualify)
  • Bank or Credit Union statement dated within 90 days of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement
  • Tribal enrollment Certification or other form of tribal identification
  • Recorder's Certificates
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification including voter registration card issued by the county recorder

Poll workers are volunteers and not always trained as well as they would like. Many workers are unaware that utility bills, bank statements, and other non-picture forms of ID are valid for use at the polls.

The Arizona Secretary of State website details the Voter ID Requirements.

Early voting information

Ballots for Early Voting can be obtained from the recorder's office in the applicable Arizona county. The last day to request an Early Ballot is Friday, October 24, 2008. Completed ballots can be mailed in, or delivered by hand to the polling place on election day. In addition, in-person early voting takes place at a number of locations; call the county recorder to find the applicable location.

Provisional ballots

According to Arizona election law: The board of supervisors or other officer in charge of elections shall furnish to the inspector in each election precinct at least two "right to vote a provisional ballot" notices at the time and in the same manner as the printed ballots are furnished. The "right to vote a provisional ballot" notice shall be as prescribed by the secretary of state's procedures manual.[1]

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Arizona used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Arizona Secretary of State

Secretary of State Jan Brewer


Contact information:

  • Capitol Executive Tower 7th Floor
  • 1700 West Washington Street
  • Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888
  • (602) 542-8683 FAX: (602) 542-6172


Election threats

  • On voter registration, there are reports of people being dropped from voter rolls in 2000.
  • On voter education, (needs information)
  • On absentee and early voting, ... (needs information)
  • On voter suppression and intimidation, there are reports of voters being told they cannot enter the polling place.
  • On polling places and voting, there are reports of long lines in 2004.
  • On provisional ballots,... there are reports of problems in 2004.
  • On vote verification and security,an observer was arrested for asking questions after noticing improper security seals on ballot bags.
Main article: Arizona election threats

State and local non-governmental organizations

Arizona Advocacy Network

Contact information:

  • 1616 E. Indian School Road, Suite 340
  • Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • 602-297-2500 (phone)602-297-3600 (fax)

Arizona Citizens for Election Reform (ACER)

Contact information:

  • Arizona Citizens for Election Reform - I-20-2006
  • PO Box 17136
  • Phoenix, AZ 85011


Description: AUDIT Arizona is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to restore public ownership and oversight of elections, work to ensure the fundamental right of every American citizen to vote, and to have each vote counted as intended in a secure, transparent, impartial, and independently audited election process.[2]


FairVote Arizona

Focus: Ranked choice voting

League of Women Voters of Arizona

  • LWV of Arizona, Dr. Bonnie F. Saunders, President
  • 2510 S. Rural Road #102
  • Tempe, AZ 85282
  • Phone: 480-966-9031
  • Fax: 480-968-7437
  • E-mail:

Local Leagues:

Voter Action's Arizona Information

Articles and resources

See also


  1. Provisional ballot notice, Arizona codes: Arizona Revised Statutes §16-513.01 Right to vote a provisional ballot; notice
  2. From AUDIT AZ website. Retrieved September 17. 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


  • Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español

Voting machines

Election law

Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell

External articles

Arizona Attorney General seems complicit in Election Fraud John Brakey and Atty. Bill Risner confront the AZ Attorney General (Terry Goddard). The ballots in question need to be examined before they are destroyed. Terry Goddard misleads the public about his power to inspect the ballots. Here's the link: