by Admin | October 22, 2020
AAPPD Members -
The 2020 General Election is right around the corner!
Remember, the candidates you vote for on all levels of the ballot – presidential, Congressional, state and local - will decide on policies that affect the I/DD community in the future.
Your vote is very important. Please make a plan to participate in this year’s election and ask your friends and family to do so as well.
The deadline to register to vote in Arizona was 10/15/20 and has passed. You may have heard about court challenges to the voter registration deadline in Arizona, and you can read more about that here.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program for Arizona and was created by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). You can visit their website for additional resources at https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/voting-rights-information/.
Learn about candidates' positions on issues that affect you. Click on a candidate's name below to find out more about them and their positions courtesy of The New York Times.
Joseph Biden (D)
Donald Trump (R)
In addition to electing a new president, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested.
Arizona also has state elections, local races and ballot initiatives.
You can find your congressional and legislative districts by clicking here and entering your home address.
If you would like to view information on state legislative candidates, you can view information on each candidate on the AZ Secretary of State’s Candidate pages here.
Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs has also prepared a Statewide Ballot Initiative Voting Guide which can be found here.
Additional information on the ballot initiatives can be found here in the publicity pamphlet produced by the AZ Secretary of State's Office.
For the publicity pamphlet circulated by Citizens Clean Elections Commission click here.
BE PREPARED – ASK THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE VOTING
You have the power to chart the course of public policy by voting – don’t miss out!
Are you currently registered to vote?
You can check your voter status, determine eligibility, or register to vote at this link: https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information. If you are not registered to vote yet, you will not be able to vote in the upcoming election.
Questions about voting with limited guardianship? Click here for a brochure about voting with limited guardianship.
What are the Voter Identification (ID) Laws in Arizona?
Check out what you need to bring to the polls at https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election
Do you know where to vote?
Permanent Early Voting:
Any eligible voter in Arizona, may request to be placed on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL). 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.
Please note that earyl ballot were mailed on Oct. 7th to those on the PEVL list. October 23rd is the last day to request an early ballot from your County Recorder - requests must be made by 5:00 p.m. Oct. 27thisthe presumptive last day to submit a voted early ballot back to the County Recorder by mail. If you don’t mail your voted early ballot by this day, it’s best to take it to your County Recorder’s Office or early vote center directly, OR to a polling place/ vote center on Election Day. Plan accordingly and make sure your vote counts!
Register to be a permanent early voter online
Register to be a permanent early voter by mail (PDF)
Head to https://my.arizona.vote/WhereToVote.aspx?s=address to locate the name and address of the polling location where you are registered to vote. Unless you live in a county that is using vote centers for the election, you must vote at your assigned polling location for your ballot to be valid and counted.
Are you concerned about access at your local polling station?
KEY INFORMATION FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES IN ARIZONA:
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. View the accessible voting device that will be used in your county here.
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.
Assistance Completing Election Materials: If an individual is unable to sign or fully complete election materials such as a voter registration form, early ballot, and early ballot affidavit, they may be assisted by an individual who is willing to help at that person’s direction. This also includes receiving assistance at the polling place by poll workers of two different parties, or an individual the voter with a disability chooses.
Please note that October 23, 2020 at 5:00pm) is the deadline to request voter assistance through the Special Election Board (SEB). The SEB provides voter support to individuals needing assistance to vote due to continuing illness or physical disabilities. Individuals from two different political parties will come to you to assist you in casting your vote. Contact your County Recorder’s Office for more information, qualification and availability of services through the Special Election Board. Locate your County Election Officials at the following link: https://azsos.gov/county-election-info
HAVA Hotline: The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) will run a hotline to address any election concerns for persons with disabilities. The ACDL also will file Help America Vote Act (HAVA) complaints. Click here for a brochure on your election day rights and the HAVA Hotline.
Call: 602-274-6287 or 1-800-927-2260
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Election Day
*October 7: Early Voting Begins. Early ballots are mailed to registered voters who are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) and those who requested to vote by mail for this election. You may also vote in person at an early voting location.
*October 15: Voter registration deadline for 2020 General Election. Registration has passed.
October 23: Last day to request an early ballot from your County Recorder. Requests must be made by 5:00 p.m.
October 23: The deadline to request voter assistance through the Special Election Board (SEB). Requests must be made by 5:00
October 27: Presumptive last day to submit a voted early ballot back to the County Recorder by mail. If you don’t mail your voted early ballot by this day, it’s best to take it to your County Recorder’s Office or early vote center directly, OR to a polling place/ vote center on Election Day. Plan accordingly and make sure your vote counts!
You can check the status of your ballot by mail by clicking here and entering your information.
Election Day - November 3: Polling Places/Vote Centers are open from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Your voted early ballot must be received by either your County Recorder’s Office or ANY polling place/vote center in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.