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                                            Special Election - November 6, 2018             Contenido Español  

Publicity Pamphlet/Sample Ballot

Prop. 417: The City of Tempe’s existing arts tax of one-tenth of one percent terminates December 31, 2020. Effective January 1, 2021, shall a new one-tenth of one percent transaction privilege tax and use tax, from 1.7 to 1.8 percent, be levied to fund arts and culture throughout Tempe?

Prop. 418: Shall the Tempe City Charter be amended to add subsection 2.06(D), Removal from office, to authorize City Council to remove a Councilmember by an affirmative vote of 5 of 7, with due process and clear and convincing evidence, for unlawful conduct involving moral turpitude, fraud or corruption?

Call of Election  

Important Election Dates

August 8, 2018 - deadline to file an argument for or against either of the ballot measures.

Week of October 1, 2018 - publicity pamphlets are mailed.

October 9, 2018 - voter registration deadline.

October 10, 2018 - early voting begins.

October 26, 2018 - last day to request an early ballot by mail.

October 31, 2018 - Last day to return an early ballot through the mail, as recommended by the Maricopa County Elections Department.

November 6, 2018 - Election Day.

Early ballot requests can be made: 

  • By phone at (602) 506-1511 or (602) 506-2348 T.D.D.;
  • Or, by mail to the Maricopa County Elections Department - MCTEC, 510 S. Third Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Your written request should include: 1) Name and residence address; 2) Birthdate; 3) Election for which the ballot is requested; 4) Address where the ballot is to be mailed if different than residence address; 5) Signature of requester.

To track the status of your early ballot, go to www.maricopa.vote.  At this website, you may also sign up to receive text message and email ballot status notifications.

If you do not receive your ballot in the mail or need a replacement ballot, you may do so by requesting one online at www.maricopa.vote or by phone at (602) 506-1511 or (602) 506-2348 T.D.D. until 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2018. After October 26, 2018, you may vote early in person or obtain a replacement ballot in person at any Vote Center in Maricopa County.  See www.maricopa.vote for a listing of all vote center locations, and dates and hours of operation.


Last Day to Vote Early in Person: Friday, November 2, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

Appear at any Vote Center no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2018, to vote early in person.

In-person early voting is being held at the following locations in Tempe from Saturday, October 27, 2018 through Friday, November 2, 2018 (closed Sunday, October 28).

NEW – Tempe History Museum – 809 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CLOSED Sunday, October 28

Monday-Wednesday, October 29-31, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, November 1-2, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Arizona State University – Main Campus, 330 E. University Dr., Palo Verde Room 151, Tempe

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

CLOSED Sunday, October 28

Monday-Friday, October 29- November 2, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Tempe History Museum and Arizona State University locations will also be open for voting on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

You may also vote in person at any Vote Center location in Maricopa County. For a complete listing of locations and dates and hours of operation, visit www.maricopa.vote, or call (602) 506-1511 or (602) 506-2348 T.D.D.

Last Day to Return an Early Ballot through the Mail: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Maricopa County Elections Department recommends that ballots be placed in the mail on or before October 31, 2018, to ensure that ballots are received on time.

Last Day to Vote/Return an Early Ballot: by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Your voted ballot must be received (POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT) by the Maricopa County Elections Department by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Early ballots may also be returned to any Vote Center or Polling Place during their hours of operation and from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Visit www.maricopa.vote for a complete listing of Vote Centers and Polling Places.

Pro/Con Arguments 

The deadline to file arguments for or against either of the ballot measures is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

The following are guidelines for filing an argument:

  • Arguments shall not exceed 300 words.
  • Arguments shall contain the signed and sworn statement of its sponsor.  If sponsored by an organization, the sworn statement of two executive officers is required.  If the argument is sponsored by a political action committee, the sworn statement of the committee’s chairperson or treasurer is required.  A sample sworn statement is "Sworn this             day of              , 2018."
  • Arguments shall include the residence or post office address and a telephone number of the sponsor(s), which information is not included in the pamphlet.
  • Arguments shall be filed electronically by email to clerk@tempe.gov.  Scanned copies are acceptable; original documents with original signatures are not required.
  • A $100 deposit is required for each argument filed, to offset a portion of the proportionate cost of paper and printing the argument.  The deposit may be paid by credit card over the phone - 480-350-4311 - or by cash, credit or check payable to City of Tempe, at the City Clerk's Office, 31 East Fifth Street, Second Floor, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Arguments are printed in the publicity pamphlet exactly as submitted, and are not edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation, or for any other reason.

Candidate Election Information

The next regular City candidate elections will be held in 2020, for the Mayoral and three City Council seats.  Candidate packets for the 2020 elections are anticipated to be available in summer, 2019.  At least 763 and not more than 1,524 signatures of qualified registered voters of the City of Tempe will be required.  As it becomes available, additional information about the 2020 elections will be posted on this webpage.

Campaign Contribution Limits/Lobbyist Disclosure Requirements 

Campaign Contribution Limits for the 2020 Election Cycle 

The City of Tempe’s campaign contribution limits are now in effect, as detailed in the Tempe City Code, Chapter 13, Division 2.  Information concerning the requirement for candidate committees to disclose contributions made by a lobbyist registered with the City of Tempe is detailed in the Tempe City Code, Section 13-117.  Candidates are advised to seek their own legal advice concerning limitations on and use of campaign contribution limits; the City Clerk’s Office cannot render legal, financial or other professional advice. 

Campaign Finance Information      Campaign Finance - Current Committee Filings

Voter Registration Information

Find your polling location     City of Tempe Precinct Map

Maricopa County Elections Calendar

Information from Arizona 811 (formerly Arizona Blue Stake) about campaign signs.

For further information about City of Tempe municipal elections, please click on the links above, call the Tempe City Clerk's Office at (480) 350-4311, or e-mail Tim Mattix, Assistant City Clerk.

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