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Everything you need to be #VoteReady

Make a plan to make your voice heard! 

The voter registration deadline in Arizona has changed from Oct. 5, 2020 to Oct. 15, giving voters more time to register and prepare to participate in the upcoming general election. 

According to a 2018 report by the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy, 45 percent of eligible voters in Arizona did not cast a ballot in the 2016 general election – putting Arizona 43rd nationally for voter turnout – and more than 65 million potential voters in the United States reported that they were unable to vote in the 2016 general election due to not being registered.

Here are 6 ways you can be #VoteReady:

  • Register to vote! (Duh!)
    If you have never voted before, recently turned 18 or have become a U.S. citizen, you must register to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the upcoming national election. 
     
  • Update your voter registration.
    If you recently changed your address or your name, you need to ensure that your voter registration is up to date. 
     
  • Confirm the status of your voter registration.
    You can check online to see what your status is as a voter and whether you are signed up for early voting or vote by mail.
     
  • Make a plan to vote! 
    Will you cast your ballot by mail or in person? If the latter, what forms of identification will you need to vote at your polling place? (And where is your polling place?) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more critical that voters make a plan to vote this year. Use our handy (librarian-made) checklist.
     
  • Share resources and encourage others to be #VoteReady.
    Sometimes we all just need a little nudge and some helpful information. This is a good time to remind friends, students and family members to register to vote and/or to check the status of their voter registration. 

 

Important dates for Arizona voters:

  • November 3 is the national election.
     
  • Not an Arizona voter? Check vote.org to find dates, deadlines and rules for the election centers in your state. 

 

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For additional assistance, contact Ask a Librarian. Remember to be #VoteReady on November 3!