What is the Permanent Early Voting List?
It’s a list of voters who can vote by mail. You might hear it referred to as PEVL (pronounced like “pebble,” but with a “v”). Most of your neighbors are on PEVL–more than 80 percent of Arizona voters are signed up. Everyone on PEVL gets a ballot in the mail a few weeks before Election Day, and they can send it back in a prepaid envelope. No need to travel to your polling place on Election Day.
Why should I sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List?
Getting a ballot in the mail gives you a voting insurance policy. Sometimes life gets in the way of making it to your polling place; signing up for the Permanent Early Voting List means you can always stick your ballot in the mail instead. Getting your ballot in the mail also gives more time to think about how you want to vote. Most votes in Arizona are cast by mail (75 percent in the 2016 election). And voting by mail is super easy–you’ll get your ballot and a prepaid envelope, so all you have to do is fill it out, sign the envelope, and put it back in the mail!
“Permanent” sounds like a big deal. What if I want to vote in person one day?
You still can! Signing up for PEVL just gives you another option. If you like going to your polling place…
- You can take the ballot you got in the mail to a polling place and drop it off; no need to stand in line or show ID, and you can still get your “I Voted” sticker.
- If you mess up your mail-in ballot or can’t find it, you can go to a polling place and cast your vote in person. As soon as your county confirms that you didn’t also send in mail-in ballot–that you haven’t voted twice–your in-person vote will be counted!
OK, I’m sold! How do I sign up?
Great! There is no deadline to join the PEVL. However, to get a ballot-by-mail for an upcoming election, you must sign up at least 11 days before Election Day. You must sign up by:
July 24 at 5:00 p.m. to get a ballot-by-mail for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election
October 23 at 5:00 p.m. to get a ballot-by-mail for the November 3, 2020 General Election
Keep in mind you must be registered to vote by July 6th to take part in the August 4th Primary
Here’s where you can sign up for PEVL online. It kind of looks like you’re registering all over again, but you’re not–you’ll be able to choose to “update” your registration.
If you don’t have an Arizona driver’s license and can’t sign up for PEVL online, you need to print out a form and send it to your County Recorder (address is on the form–sometimes in fine print at the bottom of the page!).
Here’s the list:
REMEMBER: Unless you’re a family member, live at the same address, or are a caregiver…do not touch anyone else’s ballot! Not even if they ask you to. Not even just to take it to the mailbox. Not even if it’s blank.