Friday is the final day to request an early ballot

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Friday is the last day Arizona voters can request an early ballot or sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List before the November election.

Voting by mail is commonplace in Arizona elections, and roughly 80% of voters in any given election cast their ballots through the mail. Despite repeated false attacks by President Donald Trump and Republican allies, there is no evidence that voting by mail is a conduit for voter fraud.

Arizona expanded voting by mail more than two decades ago, and in 2007 created the Permanent Early Voting List. Voters who sign up for the list automatically receive a mail ballot for every election. 

Early voting started Oct. 7 and voters on the Permanent Early Voting List or those who requested an early ballot should mail them no later than Oct. 27 to ensure election officials receive the voted ballots back by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. Ballots received after that will not be counted, regardless of when they were mailed.

Voters can also drop off early ballots at a polling place on Election Day or at drop-boxes maintained by county elections officials.

Arizona voters can also vote early in-person if they wish, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said.

“There are in-person early voting sites across the state. The number of locations and hours of operation vary by county, so make sure to find a place that works for you,” she said. “We are encouraging people to make a plan, and to vote early, to help maintain a safe and secure election.”

Information about what election officials are doing to help protect voters and poll workers in the state, along with the 2020 AZ Vote Safe Guide is available at Arizona.Vote.

For more information about the General Election, including how to request a ballot-by-mail or find an early voting location, visit Arizona.Vote or call 1-877-THE-VOTE.