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Voting - Frequently Asked Questions


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Are Provisional Ballots counted?

Yes, every verified provisional ballot is counted.

Can I have my name redacted from the public record?

To remove your name from public record, please see the Arizona State Statutes which provide the specific details on who is eligible and what requirements have to be met. There are separate statutes for different public records: Recorder (A.R.S. § 11-483), the Assessor and Treasurer (A.R.S. § 11-484) and Voter Registration (A.R.S. § 16-153). Please review each statute for details. Here is a link to the home page of the Arizona State Statutes.

How do I register to vote and where can I get a form?


  • Complete a voter registration form and answer all questions
  • Sign and date the voter registration form
  • If using the Arizona State registration form, remove the back sheet (save as your receipt)
  • Mail or drop off registration forms at our offices in Prescott or Cottonwood


  • Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, both in Cottonwood and Prescott
  • City or Town Clerk’s offices
  • Libraries throughout Yavapai County
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • United States Post Offices throughout Yavapai County
  • Visit the Register to Vote page on this website or  and choose the Voter Registration icon

How do I submit my early ballot?

Sign your affidavit envelope before sealing. Without your signature your vote will not be counted.

  • Ballots may be mailed or dropped off at early voting sites or drop box locations (listed below).   
  • Ballots may be dropped off at any Yavapai County Vote Center on Election Day.
  • Ballots must be received by 7:00 PM on Election Day; postmarks do not apply.

For more information, you may contact Voter Registration.

Early voting drop off mailbox locations are as follows:

Are Early Ballots counted?

Yes, every verified early ballot is counted.

How do I vote early or request a mail ballot?

  • To request a ballot by mail, call our office at 928-771-3248, email us at  or through the Arizona Voter Information Portal  no sooner than 93 days or no later than 11 days prior to an election.
  • If you will be out of town through the early voting period you may request that an early ballot be mailed to the address where you will be staying. Visit the Arizona Voter Information Portal  to make a request.
  • You may vote in person from 27 days prior to the election up to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election at the Yavapai County Recorder's Office office at 1015 Fair St, Room 228, Prescott or 10 S. 6th St., Cottonwood. For Vote by Mail elections, in person voting is available until 7:00PM on Election Day.

If I did not vote in the Primary Election, can I still vote in the General Election?

Yes, you do not have to vote in every election to keep your registration active. 

What are "Conditional Provisional Ballots?"

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 any vote 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

What are Provisional Ballots?

You will be asked to vote a Provisional Ballot at a Vote Center if:

  • Your name is not listed on the electronic poll book
  • You have changed your name or address and have not re-registered twenty-nine (29) days prior to the election
  • You voted the early ballot you received in the mail
  • You voted early in person
  • You are not a registered voter
  • You are not registered in the district holding the election
  • You are not registered with a participating party (Presidential Preference Election only)

What are the voting options for military personnel or US citizens residing outside the United States?

There are procedures set forth by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) just for overseas and military voters.  For more information on the FVAP you may contact our office or the FVAP online.

What are the voting options for those who are Homebound, residing at a Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility?

  • Sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) so all ballots will be mailed automatically.
  • Request a mail ballot by contacting our office, either verbally or in writing, no sooner than 93 days or no later than 11 days prior to an election.
  • Individuals who are unable to vote without assistance should contact our office for more details about special services that may be available from our Travel Board. 

What does Arizona's Open Primary Law mean?

“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))

  • Each “recognized” political party shall have a separate ballot for partisan primary elections.
  • In Arizona, the recognized parties are DEMOCRAT, LIBERTARIAN and REPUBLICAN.
  • If you are registered as one of the Recognized Parties, you shall receive your party’s ballot.
  • Due to a ruling by the U.S. District Court, the Arizona Libertarian party is not included in Arizona open primary; the ruling specifically states, “The Defendant is permanently enjoined from requiring the Libertarian party to allow voters who are not registered as Libertarians from casting a ballot in any Libertarian primary.” ARIZONA LIBERTARIAN PARTY vs. BREWER, dated September 25, 2007. What this means, is that you may only vote a LIBERTARIAN ballot if you are registered as a LIBERTARIAN.
  • If you are registered as INDEPENDENT, NON-PARTISAN or as a member of an unrecognized political party, you may choose ONE and only ONE, of the available recognized party ballots to vote.
  • Once you have chosen a party ballot you cannot exchange it for another party ballot.

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.

What is a “Vote by Mail” election?

  • Every qualified elector registered within the boundaries of the jurisdiction having the “Vote By Mail” election will automatically be mailed a ballot.
  • There are no Vote Centers on Election Day.
  • Your voted ballot must be received by the County Elections office or the jurisdiction no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day.
  • Ballots may either be mailed or deposited at the drop boxes at the County Buildings in Prescott or Cottonwood or the drop box of the jurisdiction holding the election.
  • Replacement ballots are available, starting 27 days prior to the election, at our offices in Prescott and / or Cottonwood depending on the jurisdictions holding the election.
  • Contact Voter Registration if you have not received your ballot or you need a replacement ballot.
  • The last day to request a replacement ballot to be mailed is 11 days prior to any election; though vote in-person replacement ballots are available until 7:00PM on Election Day.

What is the deadline for registration prior to an election?

To be eligible for an election you must be registered or have the changes submitted no later than twenty-nine days (29) prior to the election.

What should I do if I make a mistake on my early ballot?

If you make a mistake on your early ballot, call our office for instructions:

  • We may mail you a replacement ballot.
  • You may bring your ballot in to a designated early voting site for replacement.
  • You may go to a vote center on Election Day and vote.

What should I expect prior to the election?

  • You must be registered to vote twenty-nine (29) days prior to an election to be eligible to vote.
  • You do not have to re-register if there are no changes to your current registration (name, residential address, party affiliation).
  • If you signed up for the Permanent Early Voter List or requested an early ballot, a ballot will be mailed to you.
  • If you are not on the Permanent Early Voter List or have not requested an early ballot, a sample ballot will be sent to the address on your registration form.
  • By law sample ballots will be sent 11 days prior to a federal, state or county primary or general vote center elections.
  • The sample ballot will list the candidates and measures to be voted on at the election.

When do I re-register and can I make changes by phone or email?

  • A voter must re-register if they change their name or residential address, or wish to change their party affiliation.
  • You may contact our office by phone or email to change a mailing address or provide a temporary mailing address. A new registration form is required when you change your name, residential address or party affiliation.

When is a voter placed on the inactive Voter Registration list?

When election material is returned as undeliverable by the Post Office, the following occurs:

  • A follow-up notice is sent within three (3) weeks of the returned notice to the address that appears on the general register or to the forwarding address provided by the U.S. Postal Service and will include a registration form.
  • If the county recorder does not receive a new registration form containing the new information within thirty-five (35) days following the second mailing, the name of the of the voter is transferred to an inactive list.

When is a Voter Registration cancelled?

Arizona Revised Statutes require that registrations shall be cancelled for the following reasons:

  • At the request of the person registered
  • When the county recorder has been notified of the death of a person registered
  • When the county recorder has received written notification that the person registered has been adjudicated an incapacitated person as defined in ARS §14-1501
  • When the county recorder has been notified that the person registered has been convicted of a felony
  • When the county recorder has been notified in writing that the person registered has moved from the county and registered outside Yavapai County
  • When a person has been on the inactive voter list for four consecutive years OR through the date of the second general election for federal offices following the date of the notification from the County Recorder.

When is my registration completed and confirmed?

Once your registration form is accepted and processed, you will receive a voter ID card in approximately two to four weeks. If you lose or misplace your voter ID card, you can call Voter Registration for a replacement.

Who can register to vote?

  • A citizen of the United States –Citizenship Requirements
  • A resident of Arizona
  • A convicted felon whose rights have been restored
  • A person who is 18 years of age or older by the next General Election

It is a class 6 felony to register if you do not meet the above qualifications.

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