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No. If you don't win the Primary, or if you don't get enough signatures to qualify for the General, you cannot run as a write-in or as an Independent candidate in the General Election for that Office.
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In Cochise County, nearly 80% of voters choose to vote by mail or vote early in person at the Recorder's Office. Mail ballots must be signed and each signature is verified by staff that has forensic level signature verification training.
Voters can make sure their ballot was returned and counted by going to MyArizonaVote and entering their voter registration information. The system will show you the date the ballot was counted. Voters can also call the Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358. Voting by mail is safe, accurate, secure, verifiable, and efficient for voters.
Cochise County has two Congressional Districts (CD6 and CD7) and two Legislative Districts (LD19 and LD21)
The official maps from the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission are located here https://redistricting-irc-az.hub.arcgis.com/pages/official-maps
Every ten years, Redistricting occurs across the nation to ensure population thresholds in the Census are represented equally. Prior to 2022, all of Cochise County was in Legislative District 14 and Congressional District 2.
Call the Cochise County Voter Registration Department at 520-432-8358.
A voter must re-register if the voter moved from one residence to another, changed their name, or if the voter wishes to change political parties. Remember to fill in all questions as this is a re-registration.
Re-Register Online at Service Arizona
Voter registration forms are available at Libraries, Post Offices, and Motor Vehicle Departments throughout the State. They are also available at the County Recorder’s Office at 1415 Melody Lane, Building. B in Bisbee.
Yes - but you must select a party ballot. According to A.R.S. §16-467(A), at primary elections, there shall be provided a separate ballot for each party entitled to participate in the primary. Each recognized political party shall have a separate ballot for partisan primary elections.
In Arizona, the recognized parties are Democratic, 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. You may only vote on 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.
Active Early Voter List (AEVL) and the Primary Election. 90 days prior to the Primary Election, letters will be sent to all voters on the AEVL with information regarding the Primary and General Elections. Voters who aren't registered with a recognized party will receive a form that will allow them to select the party ballot they wish to vote for. 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 the Recorder's Office.
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To vote in the Presidential Preference Election (PPE), an eligible voter must be registered with a political party recognized in Arizona that has a candidate on the ballot. Voters cannot select a ballot - they must be registered with the party of their choice prior to the last day to request a ballot for that election. This election is different than a primary election where independent voters can select a ballot style.
Yes, you do not have to vote in every election to keep your registration active. However, if a voter is on the inactive list through two Federal Elections (four consecutive years) the registration will be canceled. Contact the Recorder's Office for questions about your voter status.
A vote center is a centralized polling place where any eligible voter in the county may go to vote. The vote center model gives voters more flexibility and convenience on Election Day because voters are not assigned to a specific polling location determined by their address. Vote centers are an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. Cochise County moved from precinct-based polling locations to Vote Centers in 2015.
Voters registered in Cochise County can vote at ANY Vote Center within the County. There are no assigned polling locations in our county.
List of locations and an interactive map visit ArcGIS InfoMap
To request a ballot by mail, call the Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358, email the County Recorder, or access it through our Early Ballot Request on the Recorder's website page 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, call 520-432-8358. You may vote in person from 27 days prior to the election up to 5 pm on the Friday before the election at the County Recorder's Office at:1415 Melody LaneBuilding BBisbee, AZ 85603
You can sign up to be on the Active Early Voting List (AEVL) and automatically receive a ballot in the mail for every election you're eligible to vote by calling the Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358.
Yes. And yes! All early ballots are required to be placed into a signed Affidavit envelope. Each one of those envelopes is scanned and verified by a person at the Recorder's Office who has been specially trained in forensic signature verification. These verified ballots are then processed and counted. The results are released one hour after the polls close on election night. If the signature doesn't match, the Recorder's Office will attempt to contact the voter.
It is very safe to vote early by mail since the signature match is done for every ballot. Voters can drop their voted ballot in the mail, bring it to the Recorder's Office or use one of the secure and convenient ballot drop boxes located around the County. A list of those locations is posted on the county website.
If you make a mistake on your early ballot, call the Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358 for instructions:
All of the machines are touch screens and easy to use. They are fully American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant as well and you can use the headphones to listen to the ballot as well as view and select your choices on the screen. We’ve got a 2-minute video in English and Spanish that demonstrates how easy they are to operate located on our website homepage.
How-to-Use Voting Machines Video
Voters can have a ballot mailed to them, or choose to be placed on the Active Early Voting List (AEVL) so you never have to go to the vote center - you automatically receive a ballot for every election you're eligible to vote in. You do the research, vote the ballot, sign it, and send it back. We count it. If you go vote in person, please be prepared and know before you go.
Every voter not on AEVL receives a sample ballot in the mail 10 days prior to the statewide election. Do the research, mark that sample ballot, and bring it with you on election day. Then you just make your selections on the ExpressVote machine, print the ballot card, and insert it into the tabulating machine to be counted. If everyone does the research prior to going to vote, it makes the process go much faster.
On Election Day all Vote Centers open at 6 am and close at 7 pm Voters standing in line at 7 pm will be able to cast their vote.
At any participating Vote Center within Cochise County. You do not have to stand in line. Come into the Vote Center and drop your ballot, in the signed affidavit envelope, in the drop box.
You must be a citizen of the United States to register to vote. When you go to vote in person, please present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3. (A.R.S. § 16-579(A)).
Please note: Members of federally-recognized tribes are not required to have an address or photo on their identification in order to cast a provisional ballot.
Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (1 Required):
Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (2 Required):
Mix and Match from Lists Number 1 and Number 2 (2 Required):
You will be asked to vote a Provisional Ballot at a Vote Center if your name is not on the register, and if:
You will be asked to vote a conditional provisional ballot at the vote center if you fail to show an 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:
Yes, every verified Provisional ballot is counted. Voters should check the status of their ballot at MyArizonaVote or they may call the Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358 to find out the status of your Provisional ballot.
It may take up to 7 days to process this ballot. It will not show up in the system on the day of the election.
All vote centers have been chosen with special needs voters in mind. Each location will provide handicap parking and be able to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, as well as, individuals with visual or hearing impairments. Often times a temporary modification will be made to the polling location providing easier accessibility for the voter.
All vote centers must have an accessible voting device for use by voters with disabilities. These machines can be adjusted for vision difficulty and have headphones to have the ballot read to the voter. In addition to the accessible voting devices, each poling location will have magnifying instruments, large print versions of the publicity pamphlets, and trained poll workers who are ready to assist you.
All vote centers in use in Cochise County are fully American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant under Federal law. As such, disabled voters are welcome into the polling locations to cast their vote and curbside voting isn’t required. Because there are no pre-printed paper ballots at our vote centers, all voters are required to vote on the electronic machines which are not able to be moved outside, or to the curb, due to the sensitive computer equipment inside the machines.
If you have a permanent physical disability, you may request to be placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL). You will be mailed a ballot for each election that you are eligible for and can vote from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Register to be a permanent early voter at ServiceArizona or contact the Recorder’s Office at 520-432-8358.
Yes. All ballots are printed in both languages and the ExpressVote machines can be read or heard in English as well as Spanish, the voter chooses the language.
Every qualified elector registered within the boundaries of the jurisdiction having a Vote By Mail election will automatically be mailed a ballot. There are no Vote Centers on Election Day to vote in person. Only local elections can be conducted by all mail. Statewide elections cannot be conducted by all mail. Your voted ballot must be received by the Recorder's Office in Bisbee or the Replacement Center no later than 7 pm on Election Day.
Replacement ballots are available at the Recorder's Office. Replacement ballots are also available at the designated Replacement Center on Election Day. The last day to request a replacement ballot to be mailed is 11 days prior to any election; vote in-person replacement ballots are available until 7 pm on Election Day. Call the County Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358 if you have not received your ballot or you need a replacement ballot.
Arizona is a no-excuse early voting state, and voters have many options on how they can cast a ballot. In Cochise County, almost 70% of the voters vote early or by mail. Once those ballots are received, they are processed and counting begins 14 days prior to the election. They keep being counted as they come in. On election night, after 8 pm, those are the first results you see released. Then, as the vote centers across the county return results, those are also added.
Many voters choose to drop off their early ballot instead of returning it ahead of election day. Those must be processed by hand and the signature verified before they can be counted. That happens the day after the election. Many voters cast a provisional vote, and those also cannot be counted until such time as they are verified. In the 2018 General election, we had approximately 4000 ballots that couldn't be counted on election day because they required special handling. They were processed and counted once verified which can take several days.
Ballots that have write-in candidates must also be counted by hand. Only official write-in candidates are tabulated and when people write-in candidates that are not official candidates, that also slows the process down considerably. All of these processes take a little bit of time and are done to ensure that voters can trust the outcome of their elections.
Another reason it takes time to tabulate the ballots is to ensure the security of our elections. It comes as no surprise that the security of our elections is at the top of everybody's mind right now. Arizona has made it a top priority to make sure that our critical election infrastructure is secure. Some of these new security measures do slow down the ballot tabulation process. The duty of election officials is to timely and accurately tabulate results. Voters must trust the process and the results. While we want to release results quickly, it's more important to verify accuracy, security, and transparency to our voters.
First, find out who your filing office is and where it is located. Not all candidates file at the County Elections office. It depends on which elected position you're interested in: Federal and State Offices file with the Arizona Secretary of State:
Pull a candidate packet from the website if you are seeking a Countywide, Special, or School District Office. The packet contains all the forms and information you need to run for office. Countywide Offices are Partisan Elections. Currently, the only Parties recognized in Cochise County are the Republican and Democrat Parties. Independents may run for Countywide Offices. Special and School District Board Offices are Non-Partisan elections and any qualified elector in that district may run for Office.
Circulate your petitions and gather signatures. You must file a Candidate Statement of Interest with the Elections Department prior to collecting signatures. Candidates for Precinct Committeemen do not file this form. Register your committee (if applicable) by filing a Statement of Organization. You can form a committee at any time A.R.S. §16-905. You do not have to file a committee until such time as you spend or collect, in aggregate, more than $1,300. You must then file a Statement of Organization. You are then required to file quarterly and pre-election Campaign Finance Reports through the election, and once more when the committee terminates.
Refer to the Candidate Handbook for important campaign information. Election staff cannot give advice or assist in filling out paperwork for candidates seeking office. Check back on the website for updates and petition signature requirements after January 15 of an election year. File your paperwork with the appropriate filing office when required. Terminate your committee (if applicable) after the election.
Cochise County Elections Page
Any office for which a candidate is nominated or elected as representing a recognized Party. All County offices are Partisan.
A Non-Partisan Office has no political affiliation; the candidate is eligible based on her/his own merits rather than as a member of a political party. All School and Special Districts are Non-Partisan,
Signatures must be obtained from qualified electors who are eligible to vote for the candidate whose nomination petition they are signing. A qualified elector may only sign one petition for each open seat in the race up for election. For example, there is only one Office for Sheriff, so a voter may only sign one petition, even though multiple candidates may be running for the seat. This applies:
For more information, pull a Write-In Candidate packet from the website for all the forms and details. 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 on the website. Only official write-in candidates that 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.
To challenge a candidate, you must file a challenge petition in Cochise County Superior Court no later than 5 pm 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. Any candidate in any election can be challenged by any qualified voter for any reason.
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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 the direct supervision of the Elections Department staff, but you cannot use this option if you want to check the signatures against the Voter Registration records. You must still submit a public recorder request and schedule an appointment. Due to limited staff, we are not able to assist walk-in requests for any public records requests in the Elections Department.
Cochise County does not provide a candidate biography or information pamphlet. The county website will have a list of official candidates with contact information if the information is provided by the candidate. You can also review the following:
If you're interested in becoming a Precinct Committeeman or need information on duties? Contact your Cochise County Party Chairman:
Robert MontgomeryEmail Robert MontgomeryPhone: 520-456-5291
Elisabeth TyndallEmail Elisabeth TyndallPhone: 520-477-9540
Contact your State Party Chairman