Yavapai County accepts Campaign Finance Reports by email, mail or in-person. If you mail your report, we recommend allowing enough delivery time that it arrives before the filing deadline.
Electronic reports can be sent by email to email@example.com.
For more information about filing campaign finance reports, please refer to A.R.S. §§ 16-926 and 16-927.
Yes. Yavapai County accepts committee formation paperwork by email, mail, or in-person. When filing on printed paper, all forms must have original signatures. Forms filed electronically by email must have a valid digital signature.
The Elections Department does not provide technical support for digital signatures. For information about signing a PDF using Adobe Reader, please visit https://helpx.adobe.com/reader/using/sign-pdfs.html. For other software, please consult the user documentation.
If you filed a Statement of Organization, you are required to file Campaign Finance Reports. The reporting dates are listed on the front page of the Campaign Finance Report Form. You need to file a separate report for each Statement of Organization you filed.
If you were not required to form a committee using a Statement of Organization, you must still keep track of all contributions and expenses. If the aggregate total of receipts and disbursements exceeds $1,000, you must file a Statement of Organization within 10 days. [A.R.S. § 16-906]
Yes. Even if you are not required to file a Statement of Organization, you are required to keep track of all income (contributions, interest, etc.) and expenditures (payments, fees, etc.) for your committee.
See Do I have to file Campaign Finance Reports? above.
To challenge a candidate, you must file a challenge petition in court no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 10th business day after the candidate Nomination Petition submission deadline. The challenge petition must specifically list the reasons for the challenge. If signatures on a candidate’s Nomination Petitions are being challenged, the challenge must specifically identify the Nomination Petition page and line number for each signature being challenged, and the reasons why the signatures are being challenged. For more information see A.R.S. §16-351 and A.R.S. §16-351.01.
Any candidate in any election can be challenged by any registered voter.
To close a committee, you need to file a Termination Statement [A.R.S. § 16-934] and a final Campaign Finance Report with your Termination Statement. Please see A.R.S. § 16-933 for the statutory regulations for disposing of surplus funds and/or transferring committee debts.
The purpose of the petition is to tell people who you are and what you are running for. Read the petition language carefully, and fill in the information requested in the blanks provided. Make sure the top portion of the petition is filled out with the correct election date, name of the district and office you are running for.
While we want to make sure you are as informed as possible, we cannot tell you how to fill out your paperwork. If you need help, you can consult your county political party office, or seek advice from an attorney.
Write-in candidates are not required to gather signatures to qualify for the ballot. However, Write-in candidates are still required to form a committee (if applicable), file a nomination paper and a Financial Disclosure Statement (if applicable). Only candidates who file before the deadline will be considered “official write-in candidates.” Only official write-in candidates will have their names posted in the Vote Centers and have any votes cast for them counted. A list of write-in candidates is not sent with the early or vote by mail ballots and it is up to the candidates to advertise their candidacy.
Write-In Candidate Filing Deadlines
“Independent” describes any candidate that is not registered to vote with one of the major (recognized) political parties. For a list of parties that are recognized in Yavapai County, please see the County Candidate Signature Requirements sheet for County candidates.
Independent candidates do not run in the Primary Election, but will instead appear on the General Election ballot. However, the filing deadline for Nomination Papers and Petitions is the same as the candidates who are running in the Primary. The procedures for running as an independent candidate are the same as those for candidates registered with a political party, except that independent candidates file slightly different petitions and nomination paperwork. Download a County Candidate Packet and after filling out the form, choose the link for “Non-Recognized Party Candidates (All other parties).”
Sign your affidavit envelope before sealing. Without your signature your vote will not be counted.
For more information, you may contact Voter Registration.
Early voting drop off mailbox locations are as follows:
Are Early Ballots counted?
Yes, every verified ballot is counted by Early Boards.
The number of nominating signatures you must get varies by position and party. Signature requirements are based on the voter registration totals reported on March 1st of the election year. Before March 1st, only “Unofficial” signature requirements are available.
75-Foot Limit – This is a boundary around the vote center that has the purpose of insulating voters from campaigning while they are trying to vote.
Not allowed inside 75-Foot Limit:
Allowed inside 75-Foot Limit:
Except in the case of an emergency, any facility that is used as a Vote Center on Election Day is required to allow electioneering and other political activity outside of the 75-foot limit, in public areas and parking lots used by voters. Consult our website for the listing of any facilities which do not allow electioneering.
Not allowed on vote center property:
PLEASE BE AWARE: The County does not generally lease the entire facility for voting purposes, and most Vote Center locations have normal business activities occurring on Election Day. An increasing number of Vote Center property owners have expressed concern with Election Day mistreatment of their property, unauthorized borrowing of furniture or use of resources, interference with their customers or patrons, and concern with damage resulting from signs on the premises. Vote Center property owners are required to allow electioneering, but they are not required to be a Vote Center. We recommend that you seek permission from the property owner or manager of any Vote Center that you want to campaign at on Election Day.
Nomination Petitions are available for public inspection and purchase from the Elections Department. To check the signatures on candidate petitions against the Voter Registration records, you must:
If you want to look at another candidate’s petitions and do not want copies, you can do so under direct supervision of Elections Department staff, but you cannot use this option if you want to check the signatures against the Voter Registration records.
No. If you don’t “win” the Primary, or if you don’t get enough signatures to qualify for the Primary, you cannot run as a write-in or as an “Independent” candidate in the General Election.
For more information see A.R.S. §16-312 and A.R.S. §16-341
If your committee filed a Statement of Organization, your candidate committee remains open and “active” until you close it with a Termination Statement. When you terminate your committee, you must file a final Campaign Finance Report.
You will be asked to vote a conditional provisional ballot at the vote center if you fail to show acceptable ID. Your vote will be counted if you bring acceptable ID back to the voting center on Election Day or to the County Recorder’s Office (or designated sites) by:
5 Business days after the General Election
3 Business days after any other Election
You will be asked to vote a Provisional Ballot at a Vote Center if your name is not on the register, and if:
If an early ballot was mailed to you or you voted early in person, you will vote a Provisional Ballot at a Vote Center.
“At primary elections there shall be provided a separate ballot for each party entitled to participate in the primary.” (A.R.S. §16-467(A))
Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) and the Primary Election
Ninety days (90) prior to the Primary Election letters will be sent to all voters on the PEVL with information regarding the Primary and General Elections. Voters who aren’t registered with a recognized party will receive a form which will allow them to select the party ballot they wish to vote. A ballot will not be mailed to unaffiliated voters until we receive a form indicating their ballot choice. You may also make your choice by contacting our office by phone, email or through our Early Ballot Request website.
If you have further questions on the open Primary please call our office (928) 771-3248.
If you did not have any income or expenditures, including fees or interest, you must still file page 1 of the Campaign Finance Report.
A Financial Disclosure Statement is a report of your personal finances, and is filed at the same time as your Nomination Paper and Petitions. Special District candidates do not have to file Financial Disclosure Statements. County Elected Officials also file an annual Financial Disclosure with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
Campaign Finance Reports track all the money that a committee has collected and spent. Campaign Finance Reports are filed several times during the year, and cover specific periods of time. All committees who file a Statement of Organization, including Special District candidates, are responsible for filing Campaign Finance Reports. Campaign Finance Reports are required until you file a Termination Statement to close your committee.
NOTE: Precinct Committeemen do not form committees, file Financial Disclosure Statements or Campaign Finance Reports.
If you make a mistake on your early ballot, call our office for instructions:
You can begin accepting or spending any money on your campaign, distributing any campaign literature or circulating petitions any time. However, once the aggregate of contributions and expenses exceeds $1,000, you must file a Statement of Organization. See also I’ve decided to run for office, what do I do next? (above)
More information – Chapter 6 CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENSES
You can begin collecting nominating petition signatures at any time. See also I’ve decided to run for office, what do I do next?
Petitions are filed between 120 and 90 days before the election. Exact dates can be found on our website under Elections & Results. Click on the Election for a list of important dates, including when candidates file.
“Independent” candidates (not registered with one of the political parties recognized in Yavapai County) do not run in the Primary Election, but are still required to file their Nomination Paper and petitions at the same time as candidates who are running in the Primary.
PLEASE BE AWARE: The last week of the candidate filing period is busy for the filing office and for candidates. If you choose to file during that time period, please be prepared to wait in line.
When election material is returned as undeliverable by the Post Office, the following occurs:
Arizona Revised Statutes require that registrations shall be cancelled for the following reasons:
You can view a map of your precinct or district online using the GIS Mapping Applications. Printed maps for precincts, Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, Legislative and Congressional Districts can be purchased from the County Elections Department.
Printed Map Rates:
Wall maps can take up to 1 hour to print, so calling in ahead with your map order works best.
It is a class 6 felony to register if you do not meet the above qualifications.
Signatures must be obtained from qualified electors who are eligible to vote for the candidate whose nomination petition they are signing. If you are running for a County office, signers are registered in the district you are running for, registered with your same political party, or registered “independents.” If you are running for a Special District, anyone registered to vote in your district can sign your petitions.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are running for a Special District that crosses into another county, you can collect signatures from voters in the other county, but you will want separate petition pages for each County.
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