Tempe voters: it’s time to vote!
Tempe, AZ – Registered voters are receiving their ballots in the mail for the city’s March 10 all-mail election.
Two Mayoral candidates and five City Council candidates are on the ballot. Elected candidates will be sworn in to four-year terms in July 2020.
Submitting your voted ballot
Place your voted ballot in the mail by March 4 in order for it to be counted by Election Day.
If you miss this deadline, you can drop off your voted ballot at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., in Tempe. This ballot center is open on weekdays March 2-9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day, March 10, it is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you need a replacement ballot, you can get one at the ballot center above or at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, 222 E. Javelina Ave., in Mesa.
The city will announce when a ballot drop-off box will be available at Tempe City Hall (31 E. Fifth St.) as well. It is not expected to be available until the end of February. Ballots cannot be accepted at City Hall until the official box is in place. The drop-off box will be accessible during city operating hours on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including on Election Day, March 10.
Registered Democrats will get two ballots
To avoid voter confusion, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and the Maricopa County Elections Department have an important message for registered Democrats in Tempe who are on the Permanent Early Voting List. Those Democratic voters will receive two ballots and this is not an error. The city election is March 10 and the envelope of that ballot will have a prominent black stripe – it must be returned by 7 p.m. on March 10. The national Presidential Preference Election will have a separate ballot for registered Democrats on the Permanent Early Voting List and its envelope will have a prominent red stripe – that ballot must be returned by 7 p.m. March 17. Both envelopes are green.
The Republican party in Arizona is not having a Presidential Preference Election prior to the 2020 Presidential Election in November.
Televised candidate information
One more televised candidate forum is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., from 6-9 p.m. For live streaming and replays, visit tempe.gov/tempe11.
The city also airs televised statements from certified Mayor and Council candidates before each Regular Council Meeting. Statements also can be viewed anytime at tempe.gov/tempe11.
Information about the election can be found at tempe.gov/election. Voters also can call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.