Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has created the most accessible, safe, and secure voter experience for the 2020 election possible. No longer confined to a single Election Day, Maricopa County voters will have an Election “Season”. The 76% of voters who have chosen to be on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) will receive their ballots (and their “I Voted” stickers) in the mail roughly 29 days BEFORE Election Day for both the Primary and General Election.
For those who are committed to in-person voting, early voting centers will open at the same time (29 days before the election); and weekend and evening hours will be expanded two weeks before Election Day. Every one of the 100 early vote centers will be able to print the appropriate ballot for every Maricopa County voter. Show up, check in, collect you ballot, vote, get your “I Voted” sticker, display sticker proudly, and wait for results on Election night.
This system provides every Maricopa County voter as many as 29 days to cast their ballot. There may be fewer polling places, but the opportunity to vote is greatly expanded.
Covid-19 precautions are incorporated in the plan as much as possible. Voting centers are large to allow for social distancing. Hand sanitizer and other cleaning precautions will be in use. In-person voters are encouraged to vote early to avoid last minute Election Day crowds.