It’s Early Ballot Time – Do You Know How to Complete Yours?

voteEarly ballots arrived in the mail at the beginning of October, and Arizona’s voters have many choices to make this election. The number of ballot propositions may seem overwhelming, along with the list of judges and school board officials that we all have to make up our minds about. Do you know how to find the information you need to make an informed decision? And do you know how to properly fill out the early ballot? Never fear! Here are some tips to make sure that your ballot is filled out properly.

Mail In Ballot Procedures
If you’re sending in your early ballot, or your absentee ballot for that matter, make sure that you sign both of the envelopes on the indicated lines. You will need to enclose the ballot in both envelopes before you place it in the mail. Be sure that you use black ink only to fill out the ballot, and that you completely fill in the bubbles so that there is no question about which options you have selected.

Make sure that you get that ballot in the mail by Friday, October 29th, because your ballot must be received by 7pm on election day in order to be counted. If you still have your ballot on November 2nd, take the early ballot to your polling location to drop it off. You are allowed to skip the line if you are dropping off an early ballot. But do make sure that you have both of the envelopes signed and sealed when you give your ballot to the poll workers.

Ballot Propositions
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has expressed its opposition to Propositions 106, 107, and 302. You can read more about those initiatives here. For more information about the other propositions on the ballot, check out this list from the Tucson Weekly, but please keep in mind that these endorsements reflect the views of the newspaper itself, not PPAA.  Judges
The Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review sets performance standards for judges, decides whether or not a judge meets those standards, and reports its findings on their website.  Again, this information reflects the views of the CJPR, not Planned Parenthood.

School Boards and Other Positions
When it comes to researching the names for people running for school board, I hate to say it, but this one is going to be a little tougher than finding a single website with all of the information. Your best bet is to Google the names of the candidates on the ballot to see if they have a website, or if their contact info is listed.  But the Arizona Republic also has a compilation of school board candidates’ questionnaires available on their website.  You can also view their comprehensive list of candidate questionnaires for other positions, such as corporation commission or mine inspector.

You can make a difference by posting any info you find about the miscellaneous candidates in the comments section. Please be sure to specify which district the candidate is running in, and what their position on comprehensive sex ed is.

Let’s take Arizona back on November 2nd! To support Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona’s Political Action Committee, please visit our website.

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About Serena Freewomyn

Serena Freewomyn is an alumnus of Arizona State University’s Women & Gender Studies Program. In addition to volunteering with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, Serena volunteers with Project Linus Tucson, where she makes and delivers blankets to children who are in the hospital or being removed from abusive households. When she's not busy making quilts or jewelry, Serena writes creative nonfiction and enjoys coffee, chocolate, and macaroons.

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