Want to avoid a visit to the polls and vote early, during October, before the Nov. 3 Presidential Election?
Yes, early voting is safe - whether you trust your ballot to the postal service, or drop it off in person at one of the secure election boxes in Globe, Payson and other locations throughout Gila County.
As of today, you have less than two weeks left to enroll as a Gila County voter in time to request an early (also known as ‘absentee’) ballot, if you’re not already signed up -- that deadline is Oct. 5, before the election four weeks later. The good news? Registering to vote is easy and online here in Arizona, signup now at www.servicearizona.com. If you want to verify for sure whether you’re still registered, records are also online at www.my.arizona.vote.
On weekdays during business hours you can register in person at the Gila County Recorder’s Offices in Globe or Payson. Questions about the process, or any confusion about your registration? Call Gila County Recorder Sadie Bingham and her helpful staff 928-402-8740. And in addition to various ways they engage voters and go the extra mile to answer questions and be available to assist, social media followers are invited to ‘Like & Follow’ for updates over the next eight weeks facebook.com/gilacountyrecorder
Ballots are closely scrutinized by Gila County Election Director Eric Mariscal and his team; provisional ballots get an especially close look. Here again, voter errors caused just a few dozen to be rejected: 18 would-be voters proved ineligible, another 11 showed up at the wrong precinct; two voted for the wrong party. One scrawled an unreadable signature, another failed to sign the ballot.
Arizona: Key State in Nov. 3 Election
Repeated Grand Canyon State visits over the past few months by the President and Vice President affirm what political analysts say: Arizona is a key state in the 2020 election. Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Bingham’s courteous staff go the extra mile to make early voting convenient for rural voters – watch for their list of early voting sites throughout Gila County, and on the San Carlos and also White Mountain Apache lands.
The overwhelming majority of Gila County voters (69 percent, in fact) agree that its safe and secure to vote early, whether via US Postal Service or in person at the Gila County Recorder’s Office, either in person during office hours, or dropped-off in secure election mailboxes stationed outside during October. If you aren’t on the Permanent Early Voter List, enroll today - signup conveniently and easily online at arizona.vote, a convenient and secure website administered by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. Or request a signup form with a call to Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Bingham and her staff in Globe 928-402-8740.
Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Bingham’s
Top Five Reasons For Early Voting
#1. You’ll receive reminders, and you’re more likely to vote. Signing up for the Permanent Early Voter list really helps those people who have the best intentions and mean to vote, but don’t actually get to the polls -- whether that’s due to illness or car trouble, a long day at work, unexpected travel because of a death in the family -- or so many other reasons that we just don’t anticipate.
#2. Who wants to stand in line? Especially this year, with the precautions we’re all taking to avoid coronavirus? Even our busiest Gila County polling places don’t have delays or waiting lines like what you’ve seen in news reports from densely populated places such as Maricopa County - but if you vote early or vote by mail, you avoid the polls on election day.
#3. Vote at your leisure. Ballots can be long, with complicated propositions, and many candidates to consider -- issues you may not have considered until you actually are looking at your ballot. Education funding initiatives, ballot amendments -- wouldn’t you rather take time to read and consider these at your own home?
#4. You can still visit the polls in person if you suspect you might have a change or heart or mind -- even as abruptly as election day. Signing up to receive your early ballot does not mean that you can’t wait until election day to vote. You may still bring your vote-by-mail ballot to the precinct where they will officially accept it.
#5. You still have the option to drop-off your early ballot at the Recorder’s Office (Globe or Payson) or on election day at a polling location.