The next candidate elections are scheduled for August 26, 2014 (Primary Election)* and November 4, 2014 (General Election)*.
* According to a City Charter amendment approved in 2012 by voters, if no more than two candidates file nomination petitions for each vacancy, the City does not have to hold a Primary Election. In that case, the General Election can instead be held on the date the Primary Election would have been held. The Charter language is as follows:
Tempe City Charter Sec. 7.01
(b) The primary election shall be held for the purpose of nominating or electing candidates for City elected office. In the event that no more than two candidates file nomination petitions for each vacancy in office, the primary election may be dispensed with.
(c) If no primary election is required due to the number of candidates filing nomination petitions for each vacancy in office, the regular City election shall be held at the time that the primary election would have otherwise been held.
Tempe residents interested in running for City Council seats in 2014 can pick up candidate packets at the City Clerk’s Office, 31 E. Fifth Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281. The office is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding City holidays. Each packet provides all the information necessary to run for one of three City Council seats, all with terms of office that begin in January 2015.
Candidates for City Council must submit the valid signatures of between 1,129 and 2,257 registered Tempe voters. The first day to file completed candidate paperwork is April 28 at 8:00 a.m. The last day to file candidate paperwork is May 28 at 5:00 p.m. For filing, candidate paperwork must be signed originals and filed in person in the City Clerk’s Office.
A special election for the General Plan 2040 is scheduled for May 20, 2014.
Tempe General Plan 2040
Resolution No. R2014.01 Resolución No. R2014.01
Information on arguments for or against the General Plan 2040 - Proposition 467
Información sobre los argumentos de apoyo u oposición al Plan General 2040 - Proposición 467
An election Publicity Pamphlet will be mailed to each household containing a registered voter in late April.
Tempe registered voters who have signed up to be on the Permanent Early Voting List will automatically be mailed an early ballot on the first day of early voting, April 24. Early ballot requests can be made by contacting the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602-506-1511 or visiting their website at http://recorder.maricopa.gov/web/elections.aspx. The last day to request an early ballot by mail is Friday, May 9.
The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, will serve as an early voting site, beginning April 28 through May 16. The hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Polling places and voting districts for the May 20, 2014 Special Election
Los distritos y las casillas electorales para las elecciones especiales del 20 de mayo de 2014
City of Tempe Precinct Map Find your polling location
Publicity Pamphlet and Sample Ballot/Folleto Publicitario y Muestra de la Boleta Electoral
For further information about upcoming City of Tempe municipal elections, please call the Tempe City Clerk's Office at (480) 350-8241, or e-mail Tim Mattix
, Assistant City Clerk.
2014 Candidate Elections Frequently Asked Questions are now available in English and in Spanish.