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Report Intimidation

Chances are your voting experience will be uneventful. Many people have already voted. Poll workers are on hand and trained how to assist you with any questions you may have and ensure the experience is smooth.

Just in case it’s not, below are examples of voter intimidation, copied straight from the Arizona Secretary of State’s web site. These actions are illegal inside and outside the 75-foot limit around a polling place. If you see this, do not confront those who are doing it. Inform a poll worker at the voting location and call the Voter Protection Hotline 1-833-VOTE-4-AZ (1-833-868-3429). If you or another person is in immediate danger, call 911.

We want to stress that you will probably not see any of this. Please don’t be deterred by worrying about it. Don’t intimidate yourself. Now you know the simple, non-confrontational steps to take in case you see it. The goal is de-escalation. Exercise your right to vote.

  • Aggressive or ostentatious display of weapons
  • Aggressive behavior, such as raising one’s voice or taunting a voter or poll worker;
  • Using threatening, insulting, or offensive language to a voter or poll worker;
  • Blocking the entrance to a voting location or disrupting voting lines;
  • Intentionally disseminating false or misleading information at a voting location, such as flyers or communications that misstate the date of the election, hours of operation for voting locations, addresses for voting locations, or similar efforts intended to disenfranchise voters;
  • Impersonating a law enforcement officer, or otherwise wearing clothing, uniforms or official-looking apparel, intended to deter, intimidate, or harass voters (see also A.R.S. § 26-170, prohibiting unauthorized wearing of national guard or U.S. armed forces uniform);
  • Directly confronting or questioning voters in a harassing or intimidating manner, including asking voters for “documentation” or other questions that only poll workers should perform;
  • Raising repeated frivolous voter challenges to poll workers without any good faith basis, or raising voter challenges solely based on race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion or disability; or
  • Posting signs or communicating messages about penalties for “voter fraud” in a harassing or intimidating manner.
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Check Your Ballot Status

If you returned a mail ballot, please check the status here:
https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx

If it’s been accepted, you’re done. But what if it’s not?

If your mail ballot has not been accepted, we recommend you go to your voting location on Election Day. You can find it here by entering your address:
https://iwillvote.com

If you have recently moved, it’s better to search for your voter registration at my.arizona.vote, then click “My Voting Locations” and look for “Polling Place”.

Be sure you take valid ID to the voting location. You’ll need it in case you need to vote.

Pinal County poll workers have something called “E-pollbooks” that can verify in real time if you successfully returned your mail ballot. There’s a chance the first link above hasn’t been updated yet. But don’t leave it to chance. Make sure.

If your mail ballot hasn’t been received the poll workers will tell you if you need to vote a new or a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot just means the county needs to do something to follow up. If you have valid ID you should not receive a “conditional provisional ballot”.

This election is so important. Please make the extra effort to ensure your vote is counted.

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Election Night

San Tan Valley voters can be sure their vote will be reported on election night by following these steps. Felecia Rotellini is the chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

You can vote early at three locations around the county or get a mail ballot. If you go to an early voting location and vote, you’re done. Update: early voting in Pinal County ended on Oct. 30.

If you thought you should get a mail ballot, but haven’t received it yet, check https://my.arizona.vote. Click “Check the Status of your Ballot-by-Mail.” If you are not on the PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List) you can request a ballot-by-mail (for just this election) by clicking the button just above that. The last day to request a mail ballot is Oct. 23.

After you receive the mail ballot, vote, sign it, and add your phone number so the county can contact you if there’s any question about the signature. It’s now too late to mail it. If it arrives late, it will not count.

Take it to an early ballot drop-off location. There’s one in San Tan Valley at the Pinal County Health Department, 36235 N Gantzel Rd. You can find a map and photo on our Voter Guide page. Our members who have used that drop box tell us their ballots have been accepted within a few business days after they put it in the drop box.

You can track the status of your ballot to see when it is accepted by clicking here. As the tweet copied above says, if your ballot is received by Friday, Oct. 30, it will be part of the first results reported on election night.

You can also take a mail ballot to a polling location on election day. Mail ballots returned that way may not be reported on election night since the signatures have to be reviewed and validated before they are counted.

Here’s a link to the Pinal County Recorders voting page. Counties run the elections. If you have a question, call them. You can also use our contact page if you want help or have a question, but they are the authority.

By the way, there are observers from the Democratic and Republican parties watching the signature verification process in Florence now each day. It’s important for this election to have integrity.

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Cindy McCain

Thanks to Cindy McCain for supporting Joe Biden for President! Take a minute to watch her speak, if you haven’t already heard it.

Every vote matters. Polling suggests that Arizona is going to be close.

One state house race in San Tan Valley during the primary this year took over a week to decide. In the end, the winner won by 86 votes out of thousands cast. It’s possible that the Presidential race could be that close here, too.

Want to make a difference? Vote! You don’t even need a stamp in Arizona. Want a mail ballot for just this election? You can request one here through October 23.

Once you receive it, don’t delay. Get it back in the mail quickly or take it to a drop box. Be sure to sign the envelope in which you return your mail ballot. Add your phone number in case there’s a question about your signature, so the county officials can get in touch.

And if you need a little help with those judges or other candidates, check out our voter guide.

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Registration Deadline Extended

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Twitter

We encourage all our readers to check their voter registration status at my.arizona.vote. You can also check the status of your mail ballot there, starting Thursday.

Note that this may be appealed, so if you haven’t registered and want to, please do that ASAP. Here’s our voter registration page.

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USPS Mailer

San Tan Valley residents are receiving mailers on voting from the United States Postal Service. Here’s what Arizona’s Secretary of State says about them.

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Some AZ Voting Laws

We’re not lawyers, but we’d like to point out some Arizona voting laws. Voting laws differ from state to state. For example, you may have lived in a state where it was OK to take your neighbor’s ballot to a polling place. In Arizona, that’s a class 6 felony. You can take ballots for your family members, for persons living at your residence, or if you are someone’s caregiver. (Click this link for the exact text).

Part of this law was overturned by the Ninth Circuit court. But they put their ruling on hold so it could be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Arizona Attorney General and Secretary of State have filed legal papers on differing sides of the issue. So far the Supreme Court has not spoken.

It’s also a class 5 felony to vote twice. For snowbirds, that means you can’t vote in the federal election where you live in summer and also vote in your winter Arizona residence. The state will catch you if you try to vote in two places or two times here. Arizona is also part of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. The state has prosecuted about a dozen people who have voted in multiple states during the past decade. You can read about it here and here.

If you receive a mail ballot, your county recorder has already determined that you’re qualified to vote. You can fill it out, sign it, then mail it back, or return it to a ballot drop or voting location. Do that soon after you receive it. Don’t wait this year.

If you vote in person, you’ll have to bring ID. The Arizona Clean Elections site has some great resources showing what ID is valid and about other election-related issues. There are several options for ID.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive review or legal advice. If you have questions, we recommend you click the links, and you can always call the Pinal County Recorder (520) 866-6830 or Elections Department (520) 866-7550. They run our election. They send out and receive the mail ballots. They count your vote.

Please take the time to vote this year!

(If you’re really interested, here’s the AZ Secretary of State’s page on election laws.)

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Vote Early in Queen Creek

Pinal County’s Mobile Voter Outreach Van will be at Ironwood Crossing in Queen Creek this Friday, July 31, from 1-4 p.m. You can vote early (and there probably won’t be any line), drop off your mail ballot, or register to vote in November.

Pinal County Mobile Voter Outreach

Thanks to Pinal County for helping to make it easier for everyone* to vote!

*You must be a U.S. citizen, an Arizona resident, and at least 18 years old on or before the next General election (11/3/2020) to register to vote in Arizona.

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Happy July 4th!

This is a non-partisan event. You only have a few more days to register to vote in Arizona’s August 4 primary. It’s a great way to celebrate being U.S. citizen!

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