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Trump meets with Martin Luther King III on Monday to discuss voting rights
01/16/17 |
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 17:00

The private session at Trump Tower with civil rights advocates, on the same day the nation is honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, represented a mix of symbolism and substance. King III has campaigned for years to establish a form of free government photo identification that could make it easier for Americans who lack a driver’s license or other official ID to cast ballots. He and the other attendees, including the Rev. James A. Forbes, have urged Trump to endorse the idea of making such identification free. ...

According to one of the meeting’s participants, who asked for anonymity to discuss a private conversation, Trump expressed a serious interest in making photos available on Social Security cards and said he would study the issue in further detail. ...

Proponents of the voter card emphasize that it will be voluntary, rather than universal, and said it represents a rational response to the fact that voter ID laws are poised to proliferate given Republicans’ recent gains on the state and federal level.

“We’re going to end up with more and more voter ID laws,” said American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman Ornstein. “And that’s a reality, and the question pragmatically is, what is the best way to deal with it?”

Ornstein noted that looking at minority turnout in the 2016 presidential election results, “It was down more in states with strict laws than in states without it."

Martin Luther King III: Trump agrees the voting system is broken. Here’s how he can fix it.
01/14/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 01:00

[W]e can agree that every citizen should have the unfettered opportunity to vote. Indeed, my concern is not how people vote, but simply that they vote. ...

Fortunately, President-elect Trump agrees. Throughout the campaign, he consistently reminded the electorate that the system is broken.

Even more fortunately, it is indisputable that nonpartisan, common-sense solutions are available. In 2014, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton endorsed my friend Andrew Young’s proposal that all citizens be able to obtain a photo ID card that would meet the voting requirements in every state. Following the event, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly voiced his support for the plan, saying they were “doing the country a service” and declaring, “Let’s get the pictures on the Social Security card, stop the nonsense and be a responsible country.” As Young has said, “The challenge with voter ID laws isn’t the requirement to show ID, it’s that so many people lack ID. That is the problem that needs to be fixed — and not just for voting. In today’s world, you can’t open a bank account without a photo ID — and the only people happy about that are check cashers.” ...

[A]t the end of the day, the right to vote is not a Republican right or a Democratic right — it is an American right. If Trump enables more Americans to exercise that right in future elections, he will be able to say that in no small measure he really did make America great again.

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016

For more information, visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day:

The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Election Day.

Arizona offers early voting. The absentee ballot request must be received by the voter’s County Recorder’s office by 5:00 p.m. 11 days before the election. Information on how to request an early ballot or permanent early ballot status can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website. For the 2016 election, early voting begins October 12, 2016 and all ballots must be received no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Counties may offer on-site early voting at the County Recorder’s office and other sites in the county.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.


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Registration Deadlines:

Voters must apply to register to vote 29 calendar days before the election in which they intend to vote. For the 2016 Presidential Election, the deadline is October 10.

How to Check Your Registration: Use Arizona's Service Arizona website.

Registration Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to register in Arizona, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Have resided in Arizona for the 29 days preceding the election;
  • Is able to write his or her name or make his or her mark, unless prevented from so doing by physical disability;
  • Not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction; and
  • Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court.

How to Register: Arizona residents may register in person, by mail, or online.


In order to register to vote online, you must have either an Arizona Driver’s License or an Arizona non-operating Identification Card. Applicants can apply to register on the Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

In Person

You may register to vote in person by filling out a registration form at your County Recorder's office.

Identification Required for Registration:

The following is a list of acceptable documents to establish your citizenship:

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (e.g., marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name; 
  • A legible photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport;
  • Presenting to the County Recorder your U.S. naturalization documents or filling in your Alien Registration Number in box 11 of the registration form;
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10 of the registration form; or
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.

Only photocopies should be submitted with the registration form. Voters need to provide proof of citizenship if updating their registration after moving to a new county, but not if they moved within a county, changed their name, or changed their political party affiliation.

If You Want to Vote Early

For the 2016 election, early voting begins October 12, 2016 and all ballots must be received no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Counties may offer on-site early voting at the County Recorder’s office and other sites in the county. More information about early voting can be found by contacting your County Recorder’s Office or on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Arizona offers absentee early voting. Any registered Arizona voter is eligible for early voting; no special circumstances are necessary. Requests for early absentee ballots may be made in person, in writing, by mail, by telephone, by fax, by e-mail, or by Internet. Voters can also request to be placed on the list of permanent early voters and will automatically receive an early ballot for future elections. When the ballot is sent to the voter it will be accompanied by an affidavit that the voter must complete and mail with the ballot in order for the ballot to be counted. Ballots can be dropped off at any polling place within the voter’s county of residence.

The early voting absentee ballot request must be received by the voter’s County Recorder’s office by 5:00 p.m. 11 days before the election. Information on how to request an early ballot or permanent early ballot status can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Arizona law requires voters to provide ID, but it does not have to be photo ID. Here is the list of acceptable forms of identification:

List #1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and the voter’s registered precinct address (One Required)

  • Valid Arizona driver’s license;
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card;
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; or
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification. 

List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the voter’s name and registered precinct address (Two Required)

  • Utility bill of the voter that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television;
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election;
  • Valid Arizona vehicle registration;
  • Indian census card;
  • Property tax statement of the voter’s residence;
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Arizona vehicle insurance card;
  • Recorder's Certificate;
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder; or
  • Any mailing to the voter marked “Official Election Material.” 

List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the voter’s registered precinct address, accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register;
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2; or
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2. 

Identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

If you are unable to provide valid identification on Election Day, you should be provided with a conditional provisional ballot. The ballot will be valid and counted after you bring valid identification to your polling location before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day; to your County Recorder’s office within 10 calendar days after a general election that includes a federal office; or to your County Recorder’s office with five business days following any other election. Voters can find out whether their provisional votes were counted by checking the Secretary of State’s website.

VoteRiders has created Arizona voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

The voter should correct his/her registration address at the appropriate polling place for his or her new address. The voter must present a form of identification that has his or her full name and new address. The voter must also affirm the new address in writing. The voter will then be permitted to vote a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted if the County Recorder can determine that you are registered to vote in the state, reside in the area covered by that polling place, and have not previously voted in this election.

Moving Between Counties

If you moved to a different county less than twenty-nine days ago, you may vote at your old precinct using a regular ballot.

If you moved to a different county more than twenty-nine days ago and have not registered to vote in your new county by Election Day, you may re-register to vote at your new address, but you cannot cast a regular ballot in either your former or new county.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Arizona-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also register through the Arizona Secretary of State’s website or may request a registration card by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE (843-8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail, fax, or electronic transmission. To request election transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the FPCA (see Arizona-specific FPCA page). Ballots must be returned via U.S. Mail, online, or by fax.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses). If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Arizona no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Arizona-specific FWAB page.

If you have one felony conviction, Arizona courts automatically restore civil rights upon (1) completion of the term of probation or receipt of an absolute discharge from imprisonment, and (2) payment of any fines or restitution imposed. If you have more than one felony conviction, you must complete probation and apply to have your voting rights restored by the judge who discharged your probation.


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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area. 

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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