Mall voting among options as Maricopa County unveils August election procedures

Maricopa County elections
Maricopa County announced its procedures for the August election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Maricopa County announced its procedures for the August election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Maricopa County announced June 22 it has leased space in retail spaces and convention centers and will have a voter center in every county mall to provide voters adequate physical distancing on election day in August.

Most of these spaces will have more than 2,000 square feet so voters may have 6 feet in distance at check-in stations, voting booths and in line, said Scott Jarrett, the county director of election day and emergency voting.

The Maricopa County board of supervisors approved all the election plans at its June 22 meeting.

Each voting center in August will have nine to 15 check-in stations and 20-35 voting booths, Jarrett said.

Voters will be issued gloves and encouraged to wear masks, while poll workers will be required to wear masks, he said.


Jarrett said polling sites are fully staffed for election day, and the county has obtained sufficient personal protective equipment for them as well as cleaning supplies for the polls.

In addition to in-person voting on election day, voters can vote through mail-in voting, drop-off early ballot voting or in-person early voting.

Voters will have the option of using any voting location for the August primary. Sites can be found at https://locations.maricopa.vote starting July 1.

The county also is expanding options for early in-person voting. Five centers will open July 8, another 55 on July 22 and approximately 20 more on July 28. The final approximately 20 centers will open on election day.

Additionally, the county has a new portal at https://request.maricopa.vote for people to join the permanent early voter list, which previously was done by mail or through the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Service Arizona website, said Rey Valenzuela, the director of election services and early voting.

Voters also can request to make a one-time early vote through the new portal, Valenzuela said.

Voters can also make those requests at https://beballotready.vote or by phone to 602-506-1511.

Independent voters on the permanent early voter list may request a Republican, Democrat or city/town only ballot for the primary at those sites. Valenzuela said.

The county also designed protocols to keep poll workers safe during training and on election sites, said Celia Nabor, the assistant director of early voting.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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