Arizona ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: The Arizona Secretary of State (SOS) has said that counties are planning to mail permanent absentee voting applications to all voters who have not already signed up. The SOS's office will mail to voters in counties that do not do so. Voters who sign up will receive absentee ballots for all elections in which they are eligible to vote.

The deadline to join Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or request a one-time mail-in ballot for the August 4 primary is July 24 at 5pm. Per the SOS's office, "Your ballot-by-mail must be received by county election officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are going to mail back your ballot-by-mail, we recommend you do so by the Wednesday before Election Day. For the August 4, 2020 Primary Election, we recommend putting your ballot in the mail by July 29, 2020. Otherwise, you should take your ballot to any ballot drop-off location or voting location in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day." Find more information here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Any qualified voter in Arizona can apply to receive an early or by-mail ballot, including registering as a "Permanent Early Voter."  No excuse is required.

  • Qualified includes: Individual is a U.S. Citizen who is 18 years or older and a resident of Arizona
  • Disqualifications: A convicted felon who does not have his/her civil rights restored; an individual deemed incompetent by the court

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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