#COVID19: ‘Vote-by-Mail’ Is Safe Way to Vote during a Pandemic

Sign up for vote-by-mail

Tens of thousands of Arizona voters– regardless of party affiliation– have signed up for the state’s vote-by-mail system by adding their names to the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).

Vote-by-mail is safe and convenient. The current anti-mail-in ballot rhetoric from the Republican Party is meant to suppress the vote by stonewalling against mandates for national or statewide all-mail-in elections, given the COVID19 pandemic.

In-person voting during the COVID19 is risky for voters and poll workers. Wisconsin allowed people to vote at the polls in April, and one month later there were 71 COVID19 infections tracked to voters or poll workers.

Democratic Party Legislators have been pushing for all-mail-in ballots for the 2020 primary and general elections, but the Republicans are dead set against expanding vote-by-mail.

Sign Up for Vote-By-Mail

You can voluntarily add yourself to the PEVL list by going to ServiceArizona.com.

Register to vote, update registration or sign up for vote-by mail here.

Donate $5 to eligible Clean Elections candidates here. (Yes, some Clean candidates are still collecting $5s.)

Check out additional election information here.

People who are registered as No Party (AKA Independent) can request a Democratic or Republican primary ballot here. There are tons of people running for office; see below. Your vote is important.

… and then please vote!

The 2020 Primary is August 4,  and the deadline to register to vote is July 6, 2020. The General Election is November 3, and the deadline to register to vote is October 5. Paper ballots go out in the mail approximately one month before election day.

LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE

In case you haven’t checked out Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ website recently, there are tons of people on the 2020 ballot. Many races– particularly locally– could be settled in the primary election. Some Legislative races have several challengers to seasoned incumbents. The links below show the names, pictures, candidate info, nomination paperwork, and financial disclosure statements for candidates and incumbents on the ballot.

Here is a list of Legislative candidates who will be on the August 4, 2020 primary ballot.

Here is a list of Statewide candidates who will be on the primary ballot.

Here is a list of Congressional candidates who will be on the primary ballot.

Here is a link to Arizona’s Campaign Finance Reporting system for Statewide and Legislative races. (The next report is due July 15, 2020. It’s always fascinating to see where the money comes from.)

Here is a list for everyone running for a Pima County office in the primary. The county list that I have linked here is minimalist. You can find out more about Democrats running in 2020 by going to the Pima County Democratic Party website here.

For those of you cheering for Democratic control of the Legislature in 2021 and losses among Maricopa County Republicans in 2020, there are lots of interesting primaries up there also. Are you happy with the way the Republicans have handled the COVID19 crisis? Although new cases of COVID19 are now close to 5000 per day, the Republican Leadership in the Arizona House and Senate refuses to go into special session until after the primary. Hmmmm… what do you think of that? The Democrats expected a special session in June.  [This update added June 30, 2020.]

The winners of these primary races will be on the November 3 ballot.

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