Time To Put Those Early Arizona Ballots In The Mail

By Jude Joffe-Block
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 8:16am
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 8:51am

If you are still holding onto an early ballot at home, county election officials recommend you put it in the mail no later than Tuesday, Nov. 1. The ballot needs to be received by election officials by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 — not postmarked by that date.

Election officials will start counting early ballots on Nov. 1. As of Monday afternoon, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office had received more than 721,000 early ballots.

Some 1,800 of those ballots are missing a voter signature on the envelope. In those cases, election officials are calling voters and asking them to come into the office to sign them.

That is one reason why election officials recommend voters track the status of their early ballots online. Voters can do that by visiting the county recorder’s website.

Those voters who are not ready to mail ballots back quite yet can drop them off at an early voting location later this week or at any polling place on Election Day.  Voters can also drop ballots off in person at a county election office. A new law makes it a felony for anyone other than a relative, caregiver or roommate to handle someone else's ballot.