Want to vote in November? Today’s the last day to register to vote

Arizonans have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to register to vote if they hope to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Those eligible can register by visiting Arizona.vote, a voting information website from the Secretary of State with information on how to register, where to vote and information on the candidates. 

Registrations, whether online or via physical forms, which must be received by elections officials or postmarked Oct. 5.

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office also has an online portal for voters, BeBallotReady.vote, where people can check their voter registration, get an online voter identification card and find other election information. 

There were nearly 4 million registered voters in Arizona as of August. In the 2016 presidential election, there were about 3.6 million registered voters.

Important dates

Oct. 7: Early voting begins. Those registered to vote can vote in-person at several locations throughout the state check with the county recorder for addresses and hours of operation of in-person early voting sites. Maricopa County has seven early voting locations open to anyone registered in the county. Early ballots are also sent out by mail on this date for the millions of voters who are either on the Permanent Early Voting List or who made a one-time request to receive their ballot by mail. 

Oct. 23: Last day to request a mail-in ballot

Oct. 26 – 27: Recommended deadline to mail back early ballots. All ballots must be received by election officials before 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 to be counted, so it is recommended voters mail back ballots no later than a week prior to Election Day so it arrives on time. Several counties also have drop-box locations where voters can drop off ballots. 

Oct. 30: Last day for in-person early voting. 

Oct. 31, Nov. 1 – 2: Emergency early voting is available in certain counties. 

Nov. 3: Election Day. Polls open at 6 a.m. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m.

Laura Gómez
Reporter Laura Gómez Rodriguez covers state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. She worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona for four years, covering city government, economic development, immigration, politics and trade. In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border for “The Wall,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for Spanish-language news and feature reporting. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014. Catch her researching travel deals, feasting on mariscos or playing soccer.