Q&AZ: How Are Ballot Signatures Verified In Maricopa County?

By Hunter Brownstein
Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:35am
Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:39am

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The signature field on a Maricopa County ballot envelope.

As the presidential election approaches, many listeners have questions about early voting. One listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ project about what signature election officials use to validate ballots. 

When voters submit early ballots, their signatures are matched with those on file at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. These signature matches go through multi-level security checks before undergoing a final audit. Diana Solorio, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Recorder’s office, said.   

“If a voter registered with a paper form, or if they use the ServiceArizona to register online, it's the signature that they signed with. Either from their driver's license state ID or on their voter registration signature,” said Solorio.

Solorio also said it’s a good idea for early voters to provide phone numbers under the signature line so election officials can call directly if there are any questions. 

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