Arizona Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated August 21, 2014
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Important deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Received 29 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5:00 p.m. 11 days before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7:00 p.m. on election day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: If you have an Arizona driver license or non-operating identification license number, you can register to vote online at the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department website

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail the form to your County Recorder

You can also download and complete the Arizona Voter Registration form. Mail your completed form to your County Recorder.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Good news! Any voter in Arizona can vote by absentee ballot.  (Note: Arizona calls absentee ballots "early voting ballots.")

Apply for your absentee ballot

Many Arizona counties allow you to apply for your absentee ("early voting") ballot online.  See if this is an option for your county.

Alternatively, use our Arizona Absentee Ballot Application.  Make sure to print and sign your application. Mail your completed application to your County Recorder's office.

Absentee ballots may be requested up to 90 days before the election. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before an election.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot, fill it out, sign where indicated, and return it to your County Recorder. Your ballot must be received by 7pm on election day in order to be counted.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I meet the proof of citizenship requirements when registering to vote?

Your voter registration form will be rejected if it does not include proof of citizenship.  If you have an Arizona state issued ID (driver license or non-operating identification card issued after October 1, 1996) this will serve as proof of citizenship and no additional documents are needed. If not, you must provide one of the following:  

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
  • U.S. naturalization documents, presented to your County Recorder
  • Your Alien Registration Number
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.

If you are registered in Arizona and use the registration form because you move within a county, change your name, or change your political party affiliation, you do not need to provide photocopies of proof of citizenship. If you move to a different Arizona county, you will again need to provide proof of citizenship.

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for an absentee ballot?

No, but Arizona will not issue an absentee ballot if the state cannot verify your identity or citizenship status when you make your request for a ballot.  It's best to verify your voter registration before attempting to apply for an absentee ballot.  

I missed the absentee ballot application deadline.  Is there anything I can do? 

If you've missed the absentee/early voting deadline, and an unforeseen circumstance occurs which will prevent you from voting at the polling place, emergency early voting is permitted in Arizona. Contact your County Recorder's Office to learn more about emergency early voting.

Can I vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis?

If your mailing address is the same as home address - or if your mailing address is in the same county as your home address - you can add your name to the Arizona "Permanent Early Voting List." Once you are on this list, an early ballot will automatically be mailed to you approximately 26 days prior to each election for which you are qualified to vote.  You can use the Arizona Early Voting Ballot Application to add your name to the permanent early voting list. 

Can I vote in person before the election?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have voting-related questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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