Voters’ Bill of Rights

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Press release from the Arizona Democratic Party:

Voters’ Bill of Rights a must at the polls

PHOENIX — Voters have the power to shape Arizona's future with this election, so it's crucial that they know their rights when heading to the polls Tuesday. The Arizona Democratic Party is providing this "Voters' Bill of Rights" as a resource for Election Day.

“Arizonans should know their rights and be able to exercise them freely at the polls, regardless of party,” said Luis Heredia, Arizona Democratic Party executive director. “They should know they have a voice in helping get Arizona back on the right track.”

Voters have the following 12 rights when going to the polls on Tuesday (also see attached information):

You have the right to:

1. Verify that you are registered to vote. Call your County Recorder to make sure there are no problems with your registration — especially if you have recently moved, changed your name, or have not voted in recent elections. Alternately, check the Secretary of State’s website: voter.azsos.gov/VoterView

2. Vote early in person. You may vote in the office of the County Recorder or at other sites around the county, until 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. For a list of locations go to: www.raiseyourvote.com

3. Vote early by mail. You don't need a special reason to request an early ballot. The deadline for the election authority to receive your early ballot request was 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. Once you have the early ballot, your completed ballot must be in the hands of the election authority no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can turn it in at any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote.

4. Vote in a safe and non-intimidating environment. No one is allowed to influence or coerce your vote.

5. Voice any complaints or concerns.

6. Vote at accessible and properly equipped polling places. All polling places should be accessible to voters with disabilities. If you are an elderly or disabled person and your polling place has been determined inaccessible, you have the right to request the “Curbside Voting” alternative voting method.

7. Request assistance at the polls if needed from the person of your choice.

8. Request voting materials or assistance at the polling place in a language other than English. If you live in Cochise, Greenlee, Maricopa, Pima, Santa Cruz, or Yuma counties, material in Spanish is available. Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma counties offer material in Native American languages.

9. Vote in person on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 2. Polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. All voters must bring one photo ID, like a driver’s license or tribal enrollment card, or at least two non-photo IDs, like a recent utility bill or other identification that has your name and address on it. Find your polling place at: pollingplaces.raiseyourvote.com

10. Ask for a new ballot.

11. Take a marked sample ballot with you into the voting booth.

12. If you are in line when polls close at 7 p.m., you can vote. All voters in line waiting to vote at 7 p.m. must be allowed to cast a ballot.

For more information contact:

Democratic National Committee Voter Protection hotline: 800-311-VOTE(8683)
Arizona Secretary of State, Bureau of Elections: 602-542-8683, 877-THE-VOTE, www.azsos.gov/election
Access County Recorder’s contact information: www.azsos.gov/election/county.htm

Federal law guarantees your right to cast a ballot even if someone says you are not eligible.  If you are qualified to vote and registered in the jurisdiction, do not leave the polling place without at least voting a provisional ballot.

 

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