Early Ballot Collection
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The city of Phoenix is reminding residents that city staff do not visit residences to pick up ballots.

“Voters recently have reported to city staff that individuals have come to their doors stating that they work for the elections department and that they are there to pick up the voter’s early ballot to return it,” said a statement from the city of Phoenix. “The individuals also are asking questions about how the resident voted; city elections staff would never ask a voter how they voted.”

Voters should return their early ballots by mail or by delivering it to an early voting location, city staff said. Voters may vote early at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., on the 15th floor, up until Friday, Aug. 21. If someone needs their ballot returned for them they should only give it to someone they know and trust and not someone claiming to work for the city.

A person misrepresenting themselves to collect ballots is guilty of a Class 5 felony under Arizona Revised Statutes 16-1005.

If residents are approached by someone claiming to be picking up ballots they should not answer any questions about how they voted, nor give the person their ballot. They should request to see the person’s identification. Any incident should be immediately reported to city election staff at 602-261-VOTE (8683).

Early ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 to be counted.

The city’s voting centers will be open for three days: Saturday, Aug. 22; Monday, Aug. 24; and Tuesday, Aug. 25. In Ahwatukee Foothills there will be a voting center located at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Election results will be available on Aug. 25 beginning at 8 p.m. online at phoenix.gov.

District 6 voters will be asked to choose a candidate for mayor and will also vote on five ballot measures, two proposed amendments to the City Charter, one ballot measure on the general plan, an alternate expenditure limitation, and a comprehensive transportation plan in Proposition 104.

For more information on the election, visit phoenix.gov/elections or by contacting the City Clerk Department by phone at 602-261-VOTE (8683), TTY 602-534-2737.

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