Election signs

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

The Maricopa County Department of Elections began mailing early ballots.

According to Clint Hickman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 4 representative and chairman, “A total of 175 vote centers and 35 drop boxes have been finalized.  Ballots mailed and in-person voting became available on Oct. 7.

“Seven locations are open, with one of those being in District 4 at Surprise City Hall.”

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

“Voters may now choose from any voting location, rather than just one assigned location,” said Scott Jarrett, director of Election Day and emergency voting with the Maricopa County Elections Department. 

While many—including President Donald Trump—have expressed concern about the integrity of 2020 voting, Hickman stressed, “The Elections Department has worked to provide voters with a safe, accessible, secure and transparent general election.” 

In Maricopa County, registered voters can vote by mail or in person through Election Day, Nov. 3.

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.

The county recommends those voting by mail to post ballots by Oct. 27.

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

Ballots will allow Peoria residents to vote on the presidential race between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden as well as U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races.

For those who don’t watch television, which has been saturated with ads by both candidates, incumbent Sen. Martha McSally is challenged by Democrat Mark Kelly.

In the 3rd Congressional District, which extends from Tucson to Goodyear, Raúl Grijalva—a Democrat incumbent since 2002—faces Republican challenger Daniel Wood. 

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.

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.

Nearly 78% of Maricopa County’s nearly 2.5 million registered voters have already 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 on Oct. 24 and from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

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

“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."