Ballot by Mail: Here’s how it works
March 13 General/Special Election is Tempe’s first as Ballot by Mail
City of Tempe
Tempe, AZ – For the first time, Tempe is having an all Ballot by Mail election – here’s what you need to know about how to participate.
Today is the first day that the Maricopa County Elections Department is mailing ballots to all registered Tempe voters for the city’s March 13 General/Special Election.
When you get your ballot this week, you can mark your ballot and place it back in the mail at your convenience. The official publicity pamphlet for the election has already been mailed; voters may find it helpful in learning more about the three ballot propositions that are part of this election. Additionally, Tempe’s election webpages (www.tempe.gov/election) are an information source for voters about certified candidates and propositions.
Keep in mind that Maricopa County recommends that you place your ballot in the mail on or by March 7 so that it arrives back to the county in time to be counted for the March 13 election. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
There are also ballot centers that can assist voters.
The two ballot centers in Tempe will be open from March 3 through March 13 at the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Road) and Tempe City Hall (31 E. Fifth St.). Check www.tempe.gov/BallotbyMail for the hours of operation. In addition, beginning today, local offices of the Maricopa County Recorder will serve as ballot centers.
All of the above ballot centers will be open on Election Day on March 13 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What happens if you lose your ballot or make a mistake on your ballot? Visit one of the ballot centers and get a replacement ballot. Or you can visit a ballot center if you prefer not to mail your ballot back or you would like to vote in person.
If you were registered to vote in Tempe but moved to another address in Tempe, ballot center staff can assist you. However, if you weren’t previously registered to vote in Tempe yet, it is too late for that for this election – the deadline for that was Monday, Feb. 12.
Don’t forget that Tempe 11 continues to tape and air five-minute statements from certified City Council candidates before each scheduled Regular Council Meeting through March 8. Residents can tune in to Cox 11 or Century Link 8012 at 5 p.m. to watch candidate statements taped earlier on those same days. The statements will re-air regularly on Tempe 11 until the next Regular Council Meeting, when new statements will be recorded. Statements are not recorded before Work Study Sessions. Statements also can be viewed at www.tempe.gov/tempe11.