Be prepared at the polls with proper id

On Oct. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the ID requirement at the polls for the Nov. 7 General Election.

Please be prepared and bring the proper identification to the polls.

There are specific requirements for certain forms of identification, both photo and non-photo.

In the Sept. 12 Primary Election, there was some confusion about using a driver's license as the only required (photo) ID at the polls.

A driver's license is sufficient ID at the polls ONLY if the voter's address on the license matches the address in the signature roster.

If a voter has moved since registering to vote and did not change the address on their driver's license, the voter will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

A provisional ballot is simply a ballot that requires further processing and verification by elections staff after the election.

Another easy form of acceptable ID is a voter identification card and sample ballot, both of which were recently mailed to all registered voters.

This combination of two forms on non-photo ID will allow voters to vote a regular ballot rather than a Provisional.

Because this election has 19 ballot propositions and several candidates, it may take longer for voters to cast their ballots.

Voters who bring the proper ID and have already marked their sample sallot, which can be brought into the voting booth, will get through the process much faster than those who are not prepared.

Another option for voters to avoid long lines at the polls is to vote early, either at the Elections Office or at one of several satellite locations around region.

The voter identification requirements do not apply to voters who vote early by mail or at an early voting location.

Early voting is available Monday through Friday.

ID Requirements at the Polls

Acceptable Identification:

ONE of the following photo identification documents; it must include the voter's name and address and match the information on the Signature Roster:

- Valid Arizona driver license; OR

- Arizona non-operating State identification; OR

- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; OR

- Valid U. S. federal, state, or local government issued identification

If the voter does not have one of the acceptable photo identification documents, they must present TWO of the following forms of identification (without a photograph) bearing the voter's name and address:

- Utility bill dated within ninety days of the date of the election; utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cell phone or cable TV

- Bank or credit union statement dated within 90 days of the date of the election

- Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration

- Indian census card

- Property tax statement of the elector's residence

- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification

- Vehicle insurance card

- Valid U. S. federal, State, or local government issued identification

- Voter Registration Card/Recorder's Certification

- Sample Ballot.

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