How To Vote By Mail

Arizonans have been voting by mail for over 20 years.  It’s the way over 80% of us choose to cast our ballot.  It’s a quick and easy way to vote.  And there are plenty of safeguards in place to make sure the system is secure. (More on that later.)

First, Obtain a Ballot

If you are planning to vote by mail only in the next election, you can obtain a one-time ballot from the Pima County Recorder. There are several ways to do this.

  • Phone at (520) 724-4330
  • Online
  • Mail, using a form you download here.  

Or, you can join the Active Early Voting List (AEVL), which means you will automatically receive a ballot in the mail for every election you are eligible to vote in. You can register on AEVL two ways:

  • Online, by updating your registration at ServiceArizona. You will need an Arizona Driver License or State ID to use the online service. It’s a bit confusing at first because it is the same place you go to register to vote for the first time. But don’t worry, it is also the place to update an existing registration. Just go ahead and get started.
  • By mail, using the form you download here.

Return your completed form to:

Pima County Recorder

P.O. Box 3145

Tucson, AZ 857502-3145

When Your Ballot Arrives

  • Ballots are mailed approximately 29 days before the election.  You can return it any time. 
  • You will receive an Early Ballot Package that includes your ballot, a white affidavit envelope, a yellow postage-paid mailing envelope and an instruction sheet.
  • Mark your ballot according to the instructions included in your early ballot package and use the appropriate type of pen.  You do not have to vote for every office.
  • Place your completed ballot inside the white affidavit envelope, seal it and sign it.  Your ballot will not be counted unless you do this step.
  • Now place the white affidavit envelope inside the larger yellow envelope and seal it.
  • Return the yellow envelope by mail—no postage is necessary– or drop it off at a Vote Center or drop box.   
  • Ballots must be received by 7 pm on election day!.
  • If you mail it, leave plenty of time for the Post Office to deliver it.

Track Your Ballot

Wondering if your ballot was  counted?  There is a tracking system that lets you see where your ballot is at any time.

But Is It Safe to Vote By Mail?

There were  many accusations of voting irregularities and fraud in the 2020 election.  Voting By Mail was a target of allegations of fraud, but  none of those allegations have been substantiated.  And there is a reason for that.  The system is very secure.  

For a thorough discussion of the measures that are taken to protect our Vote By Mail system we are sending you to the Clean Elections Commission website.

Learn more about election security…