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Early ballot request deadline: 5 p.m. Friday

Recorder warns of 'stranger danger' in handing over ballots

Want to the thousands of early voters in avoiding Election Day hassles? The deadline to request an early mail-in ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. You can do so online, or via phone.

If you miss the deadline but still wish to vote early, there are 10 walk-in early voting sites around Pima County.

County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez advises those who want a mail-in ballot to request one via phone, as some online requests require further information to be processed. Mail-in ballots can be requested by calling 724-4330, or on the Recorder's Office website.

To vote, you must have been registered by midnight on Oct. 9.

To check the status of an early ballot, or see if you're already signed up for the Permanent Early Voter List, check www.recorder.pima.gov.

Early ballots can be returned:

  • by mail to the Pima County Recorder, P.O. Box 3145, Tucson, AZ, 85702. Ballots must be received by Election Day.
  • by hand to the Recorder's Office or any early voting site
  • by dropping off at a polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day

Rodriguez warned voters not to give early ballots to a stranger.

"If voters are being contacted by phone by individuals representing various organizations asking if they can pick up your voted ballots at your home and take them to the Post Office or the Recorder’s Office say 'no,'" she said in a news release. "If they show up at your door making the offer to take your voted ballots to the Post Office or Recorder’s Office just tell them 'no.' You have no idea who these people are. Never give your voted ballot to a stranger."

"The only people you should trust with your voted ballot to deliver it to the Recorder’s Office are a family member, a trusted co-worker, a friend, next door neighbor or the U.S. Postal Service," the recorder said.

There are no confirmed reports of ballots being picked up and not turned in, Rodriguez said, but she's issuing the warning "just as a precaution."

In-person early voting

If you miss the 5 p.m. deadline, it's still possible to vote early in person. Ten early voting sites are open for walk-ins who wish to cast their ballot before Nov. 6.

Sites are open through the Friday before Nov. 6, with the downtown office open for emergency voting only the day before Election Day. Five sites will open for emergency voting on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Walk-in sites are:

Downtown

  • Pima County Recorder's Office
  • 115 N. Church Ave.
  • Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Emergency voting: Sat, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; , Mon, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

East Side

  • Recorder's East Side Annex
  • 6920 E. Broadway, Suite D
  • Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Emergency voting: Sat, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

North Side

  • YMCA
  • 7770 N. Shannon Rd.
  • (Modular unit in parking area; follow signs)
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Emergency voting: Sat, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Midtown

  • Sacred Heart Church
  • 601 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
  • (Modular unit in parking area around back)
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Emergency voting: Sat, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

South Side

  • Pima County Recorder's Office Annex
  • 6550 S. Country Club Rd.
  • Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Emergency voting: Sat, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

University of Arizona

  • ASUA Administration Office
  • Student Union Memorial Building, 3rd Floor
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sahuarita/Green Valley

  • Sahuarita Town Hall
  • 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ajo

  • Salazar-Ajo Library
  • 33 Plaza St.
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (opens Oct. 18)
  • Sat, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

  • KPYT-LP 100.3 FM
  • 7406 S. Camino De Oeste
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tohono O'Odham Nation/Sells

  • Sells Recreation Center
  • Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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