Voter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check my current voter information?

You can check your current voter information through a mobile app at or at

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

See:  2022 Ballot Drop Off Box Locations


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.

How can I receive my ballot in the mail?

Mail-in ballots must be requested.    You may request a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election, or you may sign up to be on the Active Early Votling List (AEVL).  You may request an early ballot at:

Please see:  About Early Voting

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:

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)

List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (Two Required)

List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)


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.


Ref:  ACLU Know your rights: Voter with disabilities

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

Your rights

What to do

Additional information

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.


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?

Your rights

See more:  ACLU Your Voting Rights

I speak English less than “very well”

Your rights

What to do

Someone is interfering with my right to vote

Examples of voter intimidation

Your rights

What to do if you experience voter intimidation

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. 

Where can I find out the status of my provisional or the ballot I mailed in?


You can find out the status of your provisional or absentee ballot using this mobile app or at this web

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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