Frequently Asked Election Questions

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Note: The following questions and answers are provided to clarify various election processes. Please refer to the links on the right for specific topics related to the November 6, 2012 General Election.

Can I vote in the November 6, 2012 Special Election?
Residents who are registered voters in the City of Mesa by October 9, 2012 are eligible to vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election. To determine if you are registered to vote in the City of Mesa, please call the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511, or click on the Am I Registered? link on the right.


How many City of Mesa measures will be on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot?
The City of Mesa will consolidate its General Election with the State's General Election. The ballot will include one General Obligation Bond Question (Parks, Open Space, Recreational and Aquatic Facilities) and five propositions (proposed Charter amendments). Please refer to the right side of this page for the link to the Ballot Language.


Where can I find information on Mesa’s ballot issues?
On the City Clerk’s Election Information website links. In addition, prior to the Election, a Publicity Pamphlet will be mailed to each household containing a registered voter and will list Mesa’s six measures. The mailing label on the back of the pamphlet will identify your polling place location. The pamphlet will also contain any pro/con arguments filed with the City Clerk's Office.  Please refer to the right side of this page for the link to the Publicity Pamphlet.


How can I obtain an early ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election?
All Mesa registered voters can request an early ballot either by calling the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511, the Mesa City Clerk's Office at (480) 644-4868, or by clicking the Early Voting Ballot Request (by Mail) link on the right.


When does early voting begin and what is the deadline for requesting an early ballot to be mailed for the November 6, 2012 General Election?
Early voting begins on October 11, 2012. The deadline to request an early ballot by mail is October 26, 2012 and the deadline to vote in person is 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2012.


If I signed up to be placed on Maricopa County's Permanent Early Voting List, will I automatically receive a ballot for Mesa elections?
Yes. Unless you request in writing that your name be removed from the list, you will receive a ballot for this and all future elections for which you are eligible to vote.


Can someone else pick up my early ballot?
No. An early ballot can only be mailed or provided directly to the voter who has made a request to vote an early ballot. This is to ensure that no other person has the opportunity to steal, alter or invalidate an early ballot.


When does my early ballot have to be RECEIVED in order to be counted?
Please note that for the November 6, 2012 General Election, early ballots must be RECEIVED, NOT POSTMARKED, by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Please make sure that you return your early ballot by mail well in advance of the deadline date to ensure that your vote will be counted.


If I forgot to mail back my early ballot in time for it to be RECEIVED by the deadline, what can I do?
Citizens can drop off their sealed, signed ballots at any polling place in Maricopa County, or at the Maricopa County Recorder's Southeast Office, 222 E. Javelina, in Mesa until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day when the polls officially close. You do not have to stand in line to do this. For a list of all polling places in Maricopa County, please click here. For a map of and phone number to the Maricopa County Recorder's Southeast Office, please click here.

Additionally, you may drop off your ballot at the Mesa City Clerk's Office, located at 20 E. Main Street, Suite 150, Mesa, until 7:00 pm on Election Day. Please click here for a map of this location.

Where can I vote early in person?

Early voting in person is available at the Maricopa County Recorder's Southeast Office, 222 E. Javelina in Mesa, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also vote in person at the Mesa City Clerk’s Office, 20 E. Main Street, Suite 150 in Mesa.  Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Early voting in person begins October 11, 2012 and ends on November 2, 2012. For more information please refer to the Early Voting in Person link on the right.

Can I vote at the polls on Election Day even though I requested and received an early ballot?
Yes, as long as your early ballot has not been returned. Should you vote at the polls after you've been issued an early ballot, you will be required to vote a "provisional ballot" at the polling place. Maricopa County Election officials will check to verify that your early ballot was not received before the provisional ballot is counted.


What services are available for the deaf, visually impaired and/or disabled citizens who wish to vote?
The Voter Assistance section of the Maricopa County Elections Department provides services for the deaf, visually impaired, and/or disabled citizens who wish to vote. Please click here to access their website, or contact the Mesa City Clerk's Office at (480) 644-4868.


Can I get assistance marking my ballot?

Yes, but only if you are unable to mark your ballot yourself. In that case the law allows you to obtain assistance from a person of your choice. Ask a trusted relative or friend to help if you need assistance reading or marking your ballot.


Where is my polling place located and during what hours can I vote on November 6, 2012?

To locate your polling place, click on the Find My Polling Place link on the right. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. You may also call the Maricopa County Election Department at (602) 506-1511, or the Mesa City Clerk's Office at (480) 644-4868. All polling places will be open between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. All voters in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot.


What forms of identification are required in order to vote at the polls on Election Day?
The forms of identification required by Proposition 200, which was passed by Arizona voters in 2004, can be accessed by clicking this link.


How do I report a problem at my polling place location on Election Day?

Report any problems at your polling place location to the Mesa City Clerk's Office at (480) 644-4868, or the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511.


Why does my polling place keep changing?
Every effort will be expended to ensure that voting is as convenient as possible for all citizens of Mesa. Due to the fact that this election will be consolidated with the State of Arizona General Election and will be conducted locally by the Maricopa County Elections Department, the possibility exists that previously selected polling place sites may not be available for this election. We ask voters to carefully check their Publicity Pamphlet for their polling place location.

In addition, because the sites are subject to change and for voters' convenience, a link to the County's Polling Place Locator has been provided. Early voting is also a great alternative to ensure that your voice is heard.



How can I find out the Election Day results?

Early (Unofficial) Election results will be aired on Mesa Channel 11 and listed on the City of Mesa's website, as well as on Maricopa County's website beginning at 8:00 p.m.


When do the election results become Final?

Recent changes in legislation state that the County now has up to 20 days following the election to provide Final results. Results will be aired on Mesa Channel 11 and listed on the websites for the City of Mesa (www.mesaaz.gov) and Maricopa County Elections Department (www.recorder.maricopa.gov).

 

 

City Clerk

Office Location:
Mesa City Plaza Building
20 East Main Street
Suite 150
Mesa, Arizona 85201

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays

Mailing Address:
Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, Arizona 85211-1466

Phone:
480-644-2099
Phone: (elections) 480-644-4868
Fax: 480-644-2821