Frequently Asked Questions
I have a Mail-In Ballot. Where are the Drop Boxes Located?
Those receiving a Mail-in Ballot may return it either by mailing their ballot, or by taking it to the drive-thru Drop Box located at either of the Gila County Recorder's Offices. At times, the Elections Office may provide additional Election Drop Boxes We recommend that your completed ballot is returned as soon as possible to avoid backlogs in vote counting. Ref: County Recorder Drop Box
Where can I check to see if my mail-in ballot was received?
Please note: This is an indication of when your ballot was received by the Gila County Recorder's Office. It also indicates whether it was accepted, i.e., the signature matches the signature on record.
After the signatures are verified, the ballots are separated from their envelopes and sent to the Elections Office for the Ballot Count. At this point, your ballot is secret, and cannot be traced back to you. This means that it is impossible to tell when your ballot was actually counte, just when it was accepted.
Can I vote early without registering to get my ballot in the mail?
Yes, early voting in person will be available in several locations on limited days and hours.
Early voting begins on July 6 and is available until Friday, July 29, 2022.
Here is a list of Early Voting Locations
I'm going to be out of town for an extended period of time but I still want to vote.
You can request an early ballot by contacting the Gila County Recorder’s office
Early Ballot requests an be made:
By Phone (928-402-8740)
In Writing (Include: Name, Address, Date of Birth, Party Ballot Selection & Signature)
Gila County Recorder’s Office, Attn: Early Voting, 1400 E. Ash St., Globe, AZ 85501
Fill out the Ballot Request Form online: County Recorder: Request Early Ballot
Or fill out the letter that will be mailed to you 90 days before the election.
I forgot to mail my ballot prior to the deadline. Can I turn it in at a polling place?
Voters who do not mail back their ballot by the recommended deadline have until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to drop off their ballot at their County Recorder’s Office or any ballot drop-box or voting location in the county.
I’ve moved. Do I need to change my voter registration?
Yes, you must update your voter registration every time you move. If you moved to a different County, you must re-register. If you moved within the same County, you just need to update your current voter registration.
For information on updating your registration, see: How to Register
Where Do I Vote On Election Day?
Gila County has 6 Vote Centers and 11 Precinct Polling Centers. ANY registered voter can vote at ANY of the 6 Vote Centers.
See: 2022 Vote Centers
For information about the Precinct Polling Centers, see: 2022 Polling Places
You can also find your polling place by calling the County Elections Office: 928-402-8709
Why is my signature on my voter registration important?
If you vote by mail your signature becomes your identification. Your signature from your voter registration form is kept on file at the County Recorder’s office. If it varies significantly from your original signature, your vote may not count. Examples of this include signing with a nickname (i.e. “Beth” instead of “Elizabeth” or utilizing initials instead of your full name). If you have any questions or concerns about your signature, you may call the Gila County Recorder’s office at (928) 402-8740 or, simply, fill out a new voter registration form with an updated signature.
What do I need to bring to the polls?
When you arrive to vote at the polls on Election Day you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3.
List #1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (One Required)
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
List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (Two Required)
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
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”
List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)
Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2
How do Polling Places and Voting Centers accomodate Voters wth disabilities?
Accessible Polling Places: All polling locations and vote centers have been chosen with special needs voters in mind. Each location will provide handicap parking and be able to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, as well as, individuals with visual or hearing impairments. Oftentimes a temporary modification will be made to the polling location providing easier accessibility for the voter.
Accessible Voting Systems: All polling locations and vote centers must have an accessible voting device for use by voters with disabilities. In addition to the accessible voting devices, each poling location will have magnifying instruments, large print versions of the publicity pamphlets and trained poll workers who are ready to assist you.
Curbside Voting: Voters who are unable to enter the polling location or voting center may ask that a ballot be brought to them by an election poll worker.
Permanent Early Voting: Voters who have a permanent physical disability, just like any other eligible voter, may request to be placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL). This will ensure that they will be mailed a ballot for each election that they are eligible for and allows them to vote from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
I registered to vote but did not receive my voter registration card, what should I do?
Contact the Gila County Recorder's Office: (928) 402-8740
I'm registered, but the poll worker can't locate my name in the voting roster
Voters are entitled to a provisional ballot, even if they aren’t in the poll book.
After Election Day, election officials must investigate whether you are qualified to vote and registered. If you are qualified and registered, they will count your provisional ballot.
What to do
Ask the poll worker to double check for your name on the list of registered voters. Make sure to spell your name out for the poll worker.
If your name is not on the list, ask if there is a supplemental list of voters.
If the poll worker still cannot find your name, confirm that you are at the correct polling place:
Request that the poll workers check a statewide system (if one is available) to see if you are registered to vote at a different polling place.
If the poll worker does not have access to a statewide system, ask them to call the main election office.
You can also call 1-866-OUR-VOTE and ask for help verifying your proper polling place.
If you are registered at a different location, in most instances you will have to travel to that location to cast a regular ballot.
If the poll worker still cannot find your name or if you cannot travel to the correct polling place, ask for a provisional ballot.
If you are turned away or denied a provisional ballot, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).
Report your experience to local election officials.
Ref: ACLU Voting Rights
Why did I have to vote a Provisional ballot?
A provisional ballot is given to anyone who is not on the polling location’s roster or if the voter was unable to provide a valid form of identification. There are a few reasons why your name was not included on the roster.
You recently moved and did not update your voter information in time
You voted at a polling place not assigned to you
You requested an early ballot by mail
Your voter registration is no longer active or you are not registered at all
I changed my mind about my vote but I've already filled out my ballot. Is there anything I can do about it?
If you haven’t voted your ballot yet – meaning you haven’t mailed it in, dropped it off at a drop box or run it through the voting machine at a polling place, you’re in luck!
For a mail-in ballot, if it is more than 11 days before the election, you can call the Elections Office and ask them to mail you a new ballot: 928-402-8709. At any time before the election, you can take your spoiled ballot to the Elections Office and request a replacement.
If you have already cast your vote by mailing it in, dropping it in a drop box or running it through the voting machine, there is no way to change your vote.
My dog ate my ballot, I lost my ballot, or, I spilled coffee on my ballot.
Come tp the County Recorder's Office, and they will issue a new one for you. Your new mailing envelope will have a number tied to your voter ID and will supercede the previous number.
If I’m registered but I forgot to update my address, can I still vote?
If you were registered in Gila County and have changed your address within Gila County, then you can still vote. You will vote a provisional ballot, and you will need to provide proof of your current residency to the County Elections Office within a few days of the election (you’ll be given instructions when you vote).
I still have my early ballot. Will I have to wait in line at a polling place just to drop it off?
No. If you were unable to mail back your early ballot in time, you can skip the line and turn it in at any polling location within your county. The poll workers will be able to assist and show you where to drop off your early ballot.
What are my general rights on Election Day?
If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
See more: ACLU Your Voting Rights
I speak English less than “very well”
Under federal law, voters who have difficulty reading or writing English may receive in-person assistance at the polls from the person of their choice. This person cannot be the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an agent or officer of the voter’s union.
What to do
You can bring a family member, friend, or other person of your choice to assist you at the polls. Do not bring your employer, or an agent of your employer or union.
If you live in a county that’s required to provide bilingual voting assistance for a language you speak, you can request oral assistance from a bilingual poll worker and ask for voting materials, such as a ballot, in that language.
If you have trouble voting due to lack of English fluency, call one of these hotlines:
Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
Someone is interfering with my right to vote
Examples of voter intimidation
Aggressively questioning voters about their citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications to vote.
Falsely representing oneself as an elections official.
Displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and related criminal penalties.
Other forms of harassment, particularly harassment targeting non-English speakers and voters of color.
Spreading false information about voter requirements.
You do not need to speak English to vote, in any state.
You do not need to pass a test to vote, in any state.
Some states do not require voters to present photo identification.
It’s illegal to intimidate voters and a federal crime to “intimidate, threaten, [or] coerce … any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] other person to vote or to vote as he may choose.”
What to do if you experience voter intimidation
In many states, you can give a sworn statement to the poll worker that you satisfy the qualifications to vote in your state, and then proceed to cast a ballot.
Report intimidation to the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).
Report intimidation to your local election officials. Their offices will be open on Election Day.
Ref: ACLU Voting Rights
How old do I have to be to vote?
You have to be 18 to vote; however, you may register to vote if you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the date of the election.
What's the difference between a primary and a general election?
Primary Elections are the means by which political parties nominate candidates for the next General Election. After the Primary Election, only one candidate from a political party will appear on the General Election ballot for each open position. Independent candidates get onto the General Election ballot by gathering sufficient numbers of signatures on nominating petitions rather than through the primary election process.
I’m an Independent, can I vote in the primary?
Yes, Independents can vote in Arizona primaries. Important Exception: Under current law, Independents cannot vote in the Presidential Preference Election -- see next question.
Important Details for Independents who are registered to vote by mail
All voters who are registered to vote by mail will receive a notice of the upcoming primary. Independents who want to vote by mail in the primary must respond to that notice at least 11 days prior to the primary election by notifying the Elections Office which party’s ballot they want to vote. Alternatively, if they are not registered to vote by mail, they can go to a polling place on the day of the primary and request any party’s ballot. The Elections Office does not mail ballots automatically to Independents because it needs to know which party’s ballot the voter wants
What's the Presidential Preference Election?
The Presidential Preference Election is held in March of Presidential Election Years for the purpose of allowing party members to instruct delegates how to vote at their parties’ conventions the following summer. We urge Independents who are inclined toward Democratic values to change their registrations so that they can vote in this election.
How can I tell what Congressional or Legislative District I live in?
This information is provided on your voter identification card. It's also available on the AZ Voter Information Portal
You can also determine the districts for any address in Arizona at this website.
If you'd prefer, you can look up your precinct on a map. Gila County has 3 Supervisor Districts, so yu wuld first determine which Supervisor District you are in, and then check the district map to narrow it down to your precinct. Gila County Supervisor District and Precinct Maps
What is the Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission?
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is a non-partisan commission created by voter referendum that educates voters, and provides campaign funding and enforces campaign finance rules and laws. It also provides a system for candidates to “run clean” by collecting $5 donations and getting matching funds to finance their campaigns.
Clean Elections was founded in 1998 after Arizona voters passed the Citizens Clean Citizen Elections Act (A.R.S. Title 16, Chapter 6, Article 2) to root out corruption and promote confidence in our political process.
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