2020 Election Timeline: Everything you need to know

September 23, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

The 2020 general election season is in full swing and soon early voting and vote-by-mail will start.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to voters and poll workers to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to also help slow the spread of the virus.

Make sure your voice counts— know your voting options and have a plan to vote in the general election.

Step 1: Know the deadlines.

Step 2: Check your voter registation.

Not sure of your voter-registration status? You can check your voter information now. Ensure your address is up-to-date if you have moved recently.

There are less than two weeks left to register to vote or to update your voter-registration status. You can register to vote or update your voter registration at ServiceArizona.com or by contacting your county election official. The deadline to register or update your registration is Monday, October 5.

Step 3: Decide how to cast your ballot.

Arizona allows registered voters to receive a ballot-by-mail, vote early in-person at select voting locations, or vote in-person at your polling place on Election Day.


Voters on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) will automatically receive a ballot-by-mail. Early ballots will be mailed to PEVL voters starting October 7.

You can make a one-time request to receive your ballot-by-mail or by contacting your county election official. The last day to request a ballot-by-mail is October 23.

Plan on returning your early ballot as soon as possible. Return your ballot via USPS by October 27. You can also drop your ballot at any ballot drop-off location designated by your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Find your county’s list of drop-off locations.

You can track the status of your ballot-by-mail starting October 7 on My.Arizona.Vote.

Vote early in-person

Early voting runs October 7 through October 30. Contact your county election official to learn your early-voting locations.

Election Day voting

Find your polling place to vote in-person on November 3. Remember to bring your I.D. to the polls. Check acceptable forms of identification now.

Step 4: V O T E!

Now that you have a plan, VOTE!

Want to do more?

Poll workers are needed! Poll workers are essential in ensuring the success of Election Day operations and processes. They operate polling places and make sure voters receive the assistance they need. This year, many veteran poll workers are not volunteering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a poll-worker shortage in many counties. To become a poll worker, sign up now or contact your local election official.

Additional Resources

Arizona county election offices
Clean Elections voter dashboard
SOS General Election publicity pamphlet