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A fun guide to voting early
A fun guide to voting early
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A fun guide to voting early

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Want to know how you vote early? Follow these steps:

Are you registered to vote?

First, residents should check their voter registration by going to the Pima County Recorder's website (recorder.pima.gov). You can check if you are on the Permanent Early Voting List here, too. 

If you aren't registered to vote or need to change your address to your current residence, visit the Service Arizona website.    

If you want to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election you must register to vote by Oct. 5. Editor's note: Court gives Arizonans only through Thursday, Oct. 15, to register to vote

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If you're already on the Permanent Early Voting List, you will receive an early ballot at your listed address. The early ballots will be sent out starting Wednesday, Oct. 7.

If you usually vote in person but decide that this year you want to vote by mail or drop your early ballot off before the Nov. 3 election day, you need to request an early ballot. Call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 520-724-4330 to request an early ballot or visit here (https://recorder.pima.gov/BallotByMailRequest) to make the request online or print the form and mail it back.

The last day to request an early ballot is Friday, Oct. 23.

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When filling your ballot out, make sure to follow these guidelines:

1. Use a blue or black ball point pen (don't use felt tip or permanent marker, which can bleed through the paper).

2. Sign the white ballot affidavit envelope, and include your daytime phone number in case the Recorder's Office has questions about your signature.

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Do not, we repeat, do not use a stamp when mailing in your ballot! It will only delay its delivery.

If you receive your ballot by mail, Pima County offers curbside ballot drop-off starting Monday, Oct. 19, with multiple sites throughout the county. Call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 520-724-4350 for locations or visit recorder.pima.gov 

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Make sure to mail your ballot by Tuesday, Oct. 26. The Recorder's Office must have your ballot in hand by 7 p.m., Nov. 3, for your vote to count.

Another option is to bring your ballot (or just yourself) to an early voting site (recorder.pima.gov) starting Wednesday, Oct. 7. You can drop off your ballot or vote in person at these sites. Just be sure to bring the proper ID (https://webcms.pima.gov/government/elections_department ) if you plan to vote in person. The address on your identification has to match the address on your voter registration. 

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Once you've dropped your ballot off, you can track it online! (recorder.pima.gov and click on "Ballot by Mail Status")

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