Voter registration Instructions for upcoming elections


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Voter Registration

Ivana Venema-Nunez, Reporter

 General elections in November are just around the corner and instructions for registration are available on the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) website or you can also access the PDF files of the applications to register to vote.

There is no fee to register to vote. To register you must be 18 years old on or before Nov. 3, the date of the general election.  You must also be a U.S. citizen and a resident in the state you are voting in.  In Arizona, individuals cannot register to vote if they are currently declared an incapacitated person by a court of law.  If you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored before registering, according to ADOT.

Registration deadline is 29 days before the election and to complete the voter registration form it must contain Arizona driver license number or social security number. If you do not have a current and valid driver license or a social security number, write “NONE” on the form and a unique identifying number will be assigned by the Secretary of State, according to the State Instructions.

Choice of political party is up to the individual, but if registered as an independent, no party preference or as a member of a party which is not qualified for ballot recognition, you may select and vote one primary election ballot for one of the recognized political parties, according to the State Instructions in PDF.  Whereas, if you are registered in a political party which has qualified for ballot recognition, you cannot select to vote for the other party in the primaries.

For those who are unsure, a political compass test is a good way to find where you stand on the political spectrum. The test presents situations with the purpose of triggering reactions in your mind, measuring feelings and prejudices rather than detailed opinions on policy.