Arizona absentee and mail ballot guide
Arizona absentee ballot overview
Absentee ballots and mail ballots are the same thing, and the process for getting one is straight forward.
- Request your ballot by the request deadline
- Receive your in ballot in the mail
- Return your ballot by the deadline
Arizona absentee deadlines
- Earliest day to apply: January 1
- Request deadline (online): 11 days before Election Day
- Request deadline (by mail): Received by 11 days before Election Day
- Request deadline (in person): 11 days before Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (by mail): Received by Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (in person): Received by Election Day
Arizona absentee ballot rules
Any registered Arizona voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Arizona online ballot request (recommended)
- Visit the Arizona absentee ballot website.
- Fill out all of the required information.
- Hit save or submit when you are done.
- The deadline to apply online is 11 days before Election Day.
Arizona by-mail ballot request
- Download the Arizona absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Print the application.
- Sign and date your application. This is very important.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your local election office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- If it’s close to the deadline, call your local election office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
- Your application must be received by 11 days before Election Day.
Arizona in-person ballot request
- Visit your local election office.
- Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Sign and date your application.
- The deadline to apply in person is 11 days before Election Day.
After you receive your ballot
- Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
- Sign and date the outside envelope.
- Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your local election office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a drop box if one is available nearby. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official drop box.
- If you mail your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.
- If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.
- If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.
Arizona absentee ballot ID requirements
- ID required when requesting a mail-in ballot:
- Online applications: You must include the last 4 digits of your social security number and either your AZ driver's license number or AZ nondriver ID number.
- Paper applications: You must include the last 4 digits of your social security number and either your AZ driver's license number or AZ nondriver ID number.
- ID required when returning a mail-in ballot:
Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.
Arizona absentee ballot tracker
Track your ballot here: Arizona absentee ballot tracker
Arizona absentee ballot curing
Ballot curing is the process of resolving any problems with your absentee or mail ballot to ensure that your vote is counted. After tracking your ballot, contact your local election office to fix any issues that have been noted.
- Your ballot will be rejected if you forget to sign the outside envelope. If this is the case, you have until 7:00 pm on Election Day to fix this issue.
- Your ballot will be rejected if your signature on the ballot does not not match your signature on your voter registration form.
- You have until 5:00 pm on the 5th day after Election Day to fix this issue for federal elections.
- You have until 5:00 pm on the 3rd day after Election Day to fix this issue for state and local elections.
Arizona emergency ballots
Some states have special procedures that allow you to obtain an emergency ballot if a medical or other emergency occurs after the standard absentee ballot application window.Emergency Ballot Rules
You can apply for an emergency absentee ballot if you are admitted to the hospital after 5pm on the second Friday before Election Day and before 5pm on Election Day. You will have to provide identification and sign a statement affirming that you have or are experiencing an emergency.
- Emergency ballot request ends 5PM on Election Day
- Emergency ballot return deadline is Election Day
Contact your local election office
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Arizona elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State Elections Division 1700 W. Washington, 7th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007‐2888
- Arizona online voter registration
- Arizona online absentee ballot request
- Arizona voter status lookup
- Arizona absentee ballot tracker
- Arizona provisional ballot tracker
- Arizona polling place locator