Election signs

Election signs are at most major intersections, urging votes for local, state and national races.

According to Maricopa County, “more than 500,000 completed ballots have already come into our Elections Department.”

Early ballots were mailed starting Wednesday, Oct. 7.

For the Nov. 3 election, voters have three options:

•By mail — The recommended deadline to mail back an early ballot is Oct. 27.

•In person — Voters can drop off signed early ballot packets at any Vote Center or secure ballot drop box through Nov. 3.

•Drop box — Maricopa County voters can drop off signed early ballot packets from their cars at contactless drive-thru drop boxes. Drive-thru locations are open Oct. 24 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

For voting center locations, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace.

All voting locations will follow strict physical distancing and cleaning guidelines, according to the county.

Oct. 23 is the last day to request a ballot in the mail.

To check early ballot voting status and more, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.

Peoria ballots will allow residents to vote on the presidential race as well as U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races.

In the much-publicized U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Martha McSally is challenged by Democrat Mark Kelly.

In the 8th Congressional District, which stretches from Goodyear to New River, including part of Glendale and Peoria, incumbent Republican Debbie Lesko is challenged by Democrat Michael Muscato, a newcomer to politics who owns a gym in Glendale.

Muscato and Lesko both live in Peoria.

In the 7th Congressional District, which includes part of Tolleson and Glendale, Ruben Gallego, the Democrat incumbent, faces a challenge from Republican Josh Barnett. 

“As a business owner and family man, I have witnessed the corruption and disregard for our Constitution that is eroding liberty in our country,” Barnett says on his campaign website.

Gallego is the heavy favorite, after winning the 2018 election with more than 85% of the votes. Gallego was first elected to Congress in 2014 and reelected in 2016, with 75% of the votes in those two elections.

 

State races

Peoria residents will also vote on state representatives.

In Legislative District 20, Democrat Douglas Ervin challenges incumbent Arizona Sen. Paul Boyer, a Republican.

Republican incumbents Shawnna Bolick and Anthony Kern and Democrat Judy Schwiebert battle for the two Arizona House of Representatives seats.

In Legislative District 21, Republican incumbent Kevin Payne, Republican Beverly Pingerelli and Democrat Kathy Knecht are battling for two House of Representatives seats. Incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Gray is not opposed.

In state District 22, on the ballot for reelection is Sen. David Livingston, a Republican challenged by Democrat Sarah Tyree.

Incumbents Frank Carroll and Ben Toma are on the Republican ballot for the District 22 House of Representatives seats, with Wendy Garcia and Mary “Kathleen” Honne Democrat challengers.

In state District 29, on the ballot for reelection are Democrats Richard Andrade and Cesar Chavez, facing challenges from Republicans Billy Bragg and Helen Fokszanskyj-Conti for two Arizona House of Representatives seats.

Incumbent Martin Quezada, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican John Wilson for the District 29 Arizona Senate position.

Ballots in the mail

Nearly 78% of Maricopa County’s nearly 2.5 million registered voters have requested a ballot in the mail. 

The Elections Department is also adding new, drive-thru drop boxes in the parking lots of sport stadiums across the county. Voters will be able to return completed ballots in their signed and sealed green affidavit envelope from their vehicles. Trained staff will work at all drive-thru drop boxes and will deliver the sealed envelopes to the Elections Department nightly, tracking the chain of custody and keeping ballots secure. Drive-thru drop box locations are open Oct. 24 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

“Maricopa County has been providing every voter with the option to request a ballot in the mail since 1996. We have layers of oversight to ensure only valid ballots are counted,” said Rey Valenzuela, director of early voting and election services with the Maricopa County Elections Department. “We plan to make sure that no matter what option voters choose, it’s safe, accessible and secure.”

 Find sites and hours of operation at locations.maricopa.vote.