Voting in Arizona: Everything you need to know for 2020 election on November 3

Posted at 1:09 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 11:31:15-04

PHOENIX — The 2020 election is coming up fast, and there are some things to know for Arizona voters as we approach November 3.


  • Last Day to Register for the General Election: October 16, 2020
  • Last Day to Request a Ballot by Mail: October 23, 2020
  • Last Day to Mail in a Ballot: The county recorder will give a recommendation. The date typically falls on the week prior to the election. In this case, October 27, 2020.

The original voter registration deadline in Arizona has been extended from October 5 until October 23. An appeals court later struck down the extension, setting the final day to register to vote in Arizona for Thursday, October 15.



Polls will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To show up in person, you will need to bring a valid Arizona ID with you. If the ID has your name and address, then only 1 is required. Here is the list that is accepted:

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

If you do not have one of these, you may bring two of the following:

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

If you have a valid picture ID, but the address is old, then bring that and something from the other list that shows your most recent address.


If you are a Maricopa County resident, you can find the polling locations in the map below.


  • There are 3 federal contests that Arizona registered voters will be casting ballots to decide
    • President of the United States
    • United States Senate – This is a special election required by law because the office is currently being filled by an appointment. This seat will also come up for election in 2022, which is its normal cycle rotation.
    • United State House of Representatives
  • All Arizonans will be voting in only one statewide contest, the Arizona Corporation Commission. There are three seats that will be decided.
  • Ballot Initiatives
    • Four initiatives were filed with the Arizona Secretary of state. As of this writing, only one has been certified to be on November’s ballot.
    • Proposition 207 aka “Smart and Safe Act.” This is the ballot initiative that will ask Arizonans to make recreational marijuana legal in the state.
    • One initiative; “Arizonans for Second Chances, Rehabilitations, and Public Safety,” failed to collect enough valid signatures
    • Two initiatives; “Invest in Ed” and “Stop Surprise Billing and Protect Patients Act” failed their legal challenges.