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    Vote Anywhere

    On Feb. 15, 2022, the Board of Supervisors authorized the use of Vote Centers for County elections, starting this year with the August primary and November general elections. Vote Centers were authorized by the State Legislature in 2011 and 11 other counties in the state make use of them for their elections, including Maricopa County.  They are a departure from the precinct-only voting that has been the norm in the County. Under the precinct system, voters could only cast a ballot on Election Day at the polling place specific to the precinct in which they lived. With Vote Centers, voters can cast a ballot at any County Vote Center, whether it be near their home, their work, their school, or wherever they may happen to be on Election Day. 

    2022 Vote Center Locations

    The Board of Supervisors set the Vote Center locations at their regular meeting May 3, 2022. See the vote center locations map.  List of Location Addresses.

    Early and Emergency Voting Locations

    Any voter can request an Early Ballot. Voters also can drop off their mail-in ballots at any Early or Emergency Voting location. More information, including times and locations are available here.

    How Vote Centers Work 

    Two new pieces of technology authorized by the Board in February make Vote Centers possible - electronic pollbooks and ballot printers. 
    Epollbook
    E-pollbooks are tablet computers that are securely connected by Wifi to the County Recorder's most up-to-date voter registration list. At check-in to a Vote Center, the e-pollbook will immediately determine if the person is a registered voter and in what precinct. The precinct determines which ballot the voter should receive based on the various jurisdictions and districts the voter lives in - Congressional, Legislative, Supervisory, Community College, or School districts, their city or town, and so on. 

    With e-poll books, a voter will go to any vote center, present their ID and a vote center staff member will use the e-pollbook to scan the driver’s license, which is the most common form of identification, and bring up the voter’s information. Allowable alternative forms of identification can also be used to find the voter. The system will then send the voter’s information to a ballot printer which will print a ballot specific to the precinct in which the voter lives. 

    Everything else about voting at a Vote Center is the same as voting a precinct polling location. 

    Accurate and Secure

    The registration data on the e-pollbook is up-to-date. The software on the e-pollbook does not allow ballots to be printed independently of a voter being checked in. The print command is initiated from the e-pollbook only after the voter has checked in and signed the screen. Then a command can be sent for only one specific ballot to be printed. There is no way to send a command to print multiple ballots. The software prevents users from printing ballots unintentionally. Further, the poll worker initiating the print command is not the poll worker retrieving the ballots from the printer.   

    Once checked in, the database is automatically updated, so a voter will not be able to go to another Vote Center and be allowed to vote again, the e-pollbook will show they have already voted. It will also show whether the voter received an early ballot and whether the early ballot has already been returned to the Recorder's Office. 

    Locations

    The Elections Department has come up with an initial list of locations that meet the following criteria:  
    • Indoor space of 2,000 square feet 
    • A facility that is ADA compliant 
    • Adequate number of power outlets to accommodate voting equipment 
    • Free and sufficient parking 
    • Proximity to public transportation 
    • Use of facilities for poll workers and voters 
    • A break area for poll workers 
    • Ample locations across Pima County to serve communities with limited transportation 
    • Ample locations across Pima County to serve where historically there is more in-person voting at the polls  

    Find A Vote Center Near You

    The County is developing a mobile app that will allow voters to look up on their phones the Vote Center locations nearest to them. Once ready, a link to download that app will be added here.

    Tell us what you think!

    The Board and the Elections Department would like your feedback on Vote Center locations.  Use this form to submit your thoughts to the Board

    Vote Center FACTS 

    Fast, Accurate, Convenient, Trusted, Secure


    Fast 
    Check-in with an Arizona's Driver's License will take about 30 seconds
    Voter Registration data is up-to-date, so any recent changes to registration by the voter will be in the e-pollbook 

    Accurate 
    E-pollbooks will have the latest voter registration and Early Ballot data. 
    A voter will get the exact ballot for their registered precinct

    Convenient
    Pima County registered voters can vote at any Vote Center in the County. No matter where you are - home, school, work, shopping, dining, hiking, or biking - you will be near a Vote Center and can pop in and vote the correct ballot for your precinct. 

    Trusted
    Tenex election systems and e-pollbooks are used in 19 states, including the four most populous - California, New York, Texas, and Illinois. 

    Secure
    Tenex's e-pollbooks have state-of-the-art technology and robust security systems. 
    The new ballot printers will only print a ballot for a checked in voter. No extra ballots can be printed. In past elections under the old system, dozens to hundreds of extra blank ballots remained at the close of voting and had to be accounted for. Ballot printers eliminate that. 

    Other Vote Center Benefits

    Fewer Provisional Ballots; Faster Results 
    Voters going to the wrong polling place or attempting to vote on Election Day despite having received an Early Ballot are the primary causes of provisional ballots. In 2020 and 2018, there were more than 18,000 provisional ballots cast in those elections, and more than 21,000 in 2016. The Recorder estimates the use of e-poll books would reduce this number in the 2024 election by more than 80 percent. Provisional ballots are verified after Election Day and only after all the remaining Early Ballots are verified and counted. Provisional ballots take longer to verify than Early Ballots. Fewer provisional ballots to verify will speed the completion of final election results.

    Saves Money

    Because there will be fewer voting location, not as many polling staff will be needed. Provisional ballot verification also has a higher per ballot cost than Early Ballots. Fewer provisional ballots will result is less verification expense.  
    Since cast ballots will be a one-to-one ratio with voters, the County will save on printing costs since there will be no left-over unvoted ballots. 


     



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Vote Center?

    An alternative to a traditional precinct that functions as a mega precinct. Each vote center has a list of all registered voters in Pima County. Each voter's registration is still associated with individual precincts without the restriction of voting in a predetermined assigned location.

    Are Vote Centers safe?

    Yes, vote centers are safe. The voting equipment used to operate the vote center makes it safe and secure. Vote centers use electronic pollbooks instead of paper rosters to verify voter eligibility and issue ballots. Vote centers also use ballot-on-demand (BOD) printers to maintain control of ballots. The e-pollbooks and BOD printers work together to issue ballots to voters. 

    Why use Vote Centers and not precinct voting?

    It is more convenient. Precinct-based voting restricts voters to one location to cast a ballot on Election Day. With Vote Centers, voters can cast their ballot at any center, whether it’snear home, work, school, or anywhere. Pima County has 129 vote center locations.

    What is an electronic or e-pollbook?

    It is an electronic version of the paper roster used in previous elections. The Pima County Recorder maintains the voter registration list and gives a roster of eligible voters to the Elections Office for use on Election Day. The e-pollbook contains a list of all registered voters in Pima County.

    What is a ballot-on-demand (BOD) printer?

    A BOD is a printer connected to the electronic pollbook that prints a ballot when the poll worker checks in a voter. Each ballot printed is linked to a request for an individual voter. The ballot does not have any coding that connects it to the voter. However, the precinct and ballot style allows the poll worker to identify the voter's ballot and confirm its accuracy. The printer can operate as an air ballot printer, which means it can print wirelessly or work as a connected device. 

    How will they know which ballot to give me?

    The e-pollbooks contain precinct and ballot-style information for each registered voter in Pima County. Voters are assigned a precinct based on their voter registration address. Each precinct is associated with federal, state, and local voting districts.

    Will I need to wait longer if my ballot is printed on-site?

    No. Check-in should take the same amount of time as it would at a voting precinct. The ballots are printed using high-speed printers programmed specifically for printing election ballots.

    If my ballot and other voters’ are printed on-site, how can I ensure my ballot won't be mixed up with other voters?

    Each voter will receive a ballot card or voucher identifying their ballot. The voter hands the ballot card or ballot voucher to the poll worker issuing the ballots. The poll worker retrieves the correct ballot and gives it to the voter.

    How will a voter's identity be verified?

    Every eligible registered voter must show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. State law determines the acceptable forms of identification. Voters can present one form of identification from the approved list that bears the voter's name, address, and photograph OR two different forms of identification from the approved list. Learn more about voter identification.

    What will stop someone from voting multiple times at different locations?

    The implementation of electronic pollbooks in Vote Centers safeguards against attempts to vote multiple times. The e-pollbooks update in real-time whenever the poll worker checks in a voter. Because all Vote Centers work from the same voter file, which updates in real-time, if voters attempt to vote at another Vote Center, their voter profile will get flagged. The Elections Official receives a message that the voter has already voted. The system will not allow them to check in again. Instead, the voter will receive a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot is another level of security against voting multiple times. Provisional ballots are not counted on Election Day. The Recorder's Office verifies and determines which provisional ballots are counted. The Recorder's staff can see if a voter has cast a ballot on Election Day.

    Can I drop off an early ballot at a Vote Center?

    Yes, you can drop off your completed ballot at any Vote Center between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on August 2. Find a Vote Center near you.

    Voters can also drop off their mail-in ballots at any early or emergency voting site. View early voting information and locations.

    Won't I have to drive farther?

    Not necessarily. Many of the 129 Vote Centers in use for 2022 Primary and General Elections are located at the same locations where voting precincts were. Voters also have the option to cast a ballot or drop off a completed ballot at a Vote Center location most convenient to them, whether it's near their home, work, school, or anywhere they happen to be. See Vote Center locations.

    Where else are vote centers used?

    Vote Centers are a common method of in-person voting in many parts of the country. In Arizona, 11 counties have adopted Vote Centers since the State Legislature approved their use in 2011.
    These short videos demonstrate how Vote Centers work so there will be no surprises for you on Election Day 

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    Pima County Recorder’s Office

    Gabriella Cázares-Kelly
    Pima County Recorder
    240 N. Stone Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Phone: (520) 724-4297

    Elections Department

    Constance Hargrove
    Elections Director
    6550 S. Country Club Road
    Tucson, AZ 85756

    Phone: (520) 724-6830

    Fax: (520) 724-6870
    TTY: (520) 724-6871


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