Informal Deadline for Arizona Mail-In Ballots is Today
PHOENIX - Today is the last day for Arizona voters to mail in their ballots to be sure they arrive before Election Day and will be counted.
The U.S. Postal Service recommends giving first-class mail three to five days to arrive, and the Arizona Secretary of State's website says that on a ballot, a postmark is not enough: Anything delivered after Nov. 8 will not be counted.
Stephanie Maldonado, lead coordinator for a campaign to oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, said her group is encouraging voters with mail-in ballots to send them today at the latest to avoid Election Day hassles.
"This is a way to ensure that they don't have to wait in line for hours, right? They don't have to leave work early, or be stuck in traffic trying to get to their polling location," she said.
If you forget to mail the ballot, she said, you still can bring it to your county recorder's office in person or hand it in at your polling place on Election Day.
In the primary election this past March, Arizona made national headlines when election officials cut the number of polling places drastically in some counties, leading to huge waiting lines. In Maldonado's opinion, that amounted to voter suppression.
"Lines were leading up to six to seven, up to eight hours of wait time, which is ridiculous," she said. "So, we want to avoid that on Nov. 8."
Next Tuesday, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.