New Voter Education Campaign in Maricopa County

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Be Ballot Ready for 2020 Elections
Maricopa County Launches a New Voter Education Campaign

Phoenix (January 13, 2020) — Maricopa County voters now have a new way to find out everything they need to know about elections in 2020:

Voters can make changes to their voter information, find what upcoming elections they are eligible for, sign up for text alerts, explore the new ballot style and more.

The Maricopa County Elections Department and Maricopa County Recorder’s Office launched the website with a new campaign to educate voters about the March 17 Democratic Presidential Preference Election and how to Be Ballot Ready for elections in 2020. Ads will run in both English and Spanish across a variety of platforms.

The County is investing in voter education to improve the voter experience. A key piece of this campaign is to inform voters that only registered Democrats can participate in the Presidential Preference Election on March 17.

“We are expecting historic voter turnout in 2020, so it’s important that we do everything we can to make sure voters are informed about upcoming elections,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 3. “Be Ballot Ready is an easy way for residents to find everything they need from looking up whether they are registered to vote, to when’s their next election, and what’s on their ballot.”

The campaign will also introduce a new mascot “Phil the Ballot.” Modeled after the county’s new oval ballot style, “Phil the Ballot” will encourage voters to Be Ballot Ready for elections in 2020.

 “I am excited to introduce voters to ‘Phil the Ballot.’ We hope this fun character will get voters excited and engaged with the election,” said Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. “There is a lot of important information that voters need to know about the elections in 2020, and Phil can help voters Be Ballot Ready.”

Kicking off the 2020 election season, Tempe and Chandler are holding citywide elections on March 10. The following week, registered Democrats throughout Maricopa County have the opportunity to vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Election on March 17. Because the Presidential Preference Election is not a primary, registered independents are not eligible to vote. The Republican and Libertarian parties have opted out of holding a preference election. To participate in the Presidential Preference Election, voters must be a registered as a Democrat by February 18.

Visit to explore everything you need to know about elections in 2020.



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The Maricopa County Elections Department serves more than 2.3 million registered voters as they exercise their right to make informed decisions regarding the selection of local and national leaders as well as ballot measures. Our work supports elections in Maricopa County cities, towns, school districts and special districts. Find out more at Maricopa.Vote.