Elections FAQ


Coconino County has received several inquiries requesting information on election processes we follow in our County. Coconino County uses Arizona Revised Statutes Title 16 and the Elections Procedure Manual as the guide to conduct safe, secure, trusted, and transparent elections for Coconino County voters. 

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Who can vote in the March 19, 2024, Presidential Preference Election?
  • Only voters registered with a participating POLITICAL PARTY, 29 days before the election (February 20, 2024), may cast a vote in the March 19, 2024, Presidential Preference Election. No other voters may participate.
Will the Arizona PPE winner be on the ballot in the November 2024 General Election? 
  • Nominees are finalized at the respective party's national conventions. Party delegates at the National Convention will convene and cast their vote for which presidential candidate will appear on the General Election Ballot.
What does the law say regarding the PPE?
  • A.R.S. § 16-241(A) "A presidential preference election shall be held on the Tuesday immediately following March 15 of each year in which the President of the United States is elected. This gives qualified electiors the opportunity to express their preference for the presidential candidate of the political party indicated as their preference by the record of their registration. No other election may appear on the same ballot as the presidential preference election."
How are voting locations determined for the PPE?
  • Voting locations for the PPE must adhere to the formulas outlined in A.R.S. § 16-248(E) to establish the maximum allowable number of polling places. The PPE may be entirely administered by mail in precincts with fewer than 300 active, registered voters A.R.S. § 16-248(H)
Who can vote in the July 30, 2024, Primary Election?
  • All registered voters may participate in the July 2024, Primary Election. Those who are registered with the Democratic or Republican parties will receive their party ballot. Independent and Party-Not-Determined voters will be asked to choose a Democratic or Republican ballot.
Who can vote in the November 6, 2024, General Election?
  • All registered eligible voters may participate in the November 2024, General Election.
What type of election equipment does Coconino County use for its election?
  • Coconino County uses the Elections Systems and Software (ES&S) to provide accessible voting and tabulation equipment for its elections. KNOWiNK PollPads are used for registration validation. The software and equipment we use have been certified by Federal and State agencies. Learn more about our equipment here.
Do you use a central or precinct tabulation system?
  • Coconino County uses a central counting system to tabulate ballots every election. The votes are securely and safely transferred to our facility for tabulation by bi-partisan counting boards. A County Citizen committee recommended in 2018 that ballots be tabulated at a central location.
Can observers view the tabulation process?
  • Observers are appointed by their political party and are present during the tubulation of ballots. Party Observers agree to follow the Observer Code of Conduct. More information on Observers can be found here
  • In addition, our tabulation equipment is video streaming and available to the public for the entirety of the tabulation process. 
Is the ballot counting equipment connected to the internet?
  • No. Coconino County uses a closed network in the tabulation facility. The equipment is never connected to the internet or the county’s network system and does not have WiFi capability. The system is protected through the best physical and cyber security practices recommended by the Department of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Agencies.
Is the ballot counting equipment accurate?
  • The ballot counting equipment undergoes rigorous testing before, during, and after each election. Before the equipment is sent out to polling locations/early voting sites, it must pass a Logic and Accuracy Test, both at a County and State level. The pre-test ensures that the equipment is counting ballots accurately. During the tabulation process in a Federal/State election, the Republican and Democratic Parties appoint members to start the hand audit process the day after the Election. The Hand-Audit process randomly audits ballots and reports the findings against the tabulation system numbers in a public document. A Post-Election test verifies that the tabulation equipment accurately tallied ballots. Learn more about our equipment and certifications here.
What is a Cast Vote Record?
  • A Cast Vote Record (CVR) is an electronic record of the voters’ selections, created by the election management system software from data derived from the voters’ ballots.
Can I get access to the Cast Vote Records?
  • Regarding access to the Cast Vote Records (CVR), A.R.S. § 16-625 requires that “The officer in charge of elections shall ensure that electronic data from an electronic or digital images of ballots are protected from physical and electronic access, including unauthorized copying or transfer, and that all security measures are at least as protective as those prescribed for paper ballots.” Additionally, Arizona law clarifies that voters have the right to secrecy in voting. For example, A.R.S. § 16-1018 makes it a class 2 misdemeanor for a person to show another person’s voted ballot to any person in such a manner that reveals its content. Coconino County does not provide copies of its CVRs; it could violate the voters’ right to secrecy under Arizona law.
Is there litigation requiring the release of Cast Vote Records information?
  • A declaratory judgment action has been filed in the Superior Court of Pima County (Pima County case Number C20223426), requesting a ruling on whether the CVR is protected from disclosure under the Arizona Public Records Law and whether producing these records is unlawful.  No judgment has been made in the case, and we have no information on when it may be decided.
What types of Elections Results Reports are available?
  • Coconino County, as required in the Elections Procedures Manual (EPM) pages 260-262, produces a Statement of Votes Cast Summary by Precinct, A cumulative Final Report, and a Write-In Vote Report by Precinct. These reports are available and accessible on our webpage www.coconino.az.gov/elections.
How can I determine the method by which ballots were cast?
  • For Federal and State elections there are three counting groups for ballot counting: for state & federal elections, Election Day, Early Voting, and Provisional Ballots. The cumulative Final Report and the Statement of Votes Cast by Precinct Report include the breakdown of ballots cast by counting groups. The information is available on our webpage.
Under what authority do election administrators conduct elections?
  • The elected Recorder and election administrators are obligated to follow all state and federal election laws and procedures, while continuing to be cognizant of productivity, efficiency, and fiscal responsibilities to ensure ethical, accurate, and transparent elections. | Arizona Revised Statute Title 16 | Arizona Elections Procedures Manual.
Are Early Ballots Counted?
  • Yes, all signature verified early ballots are counted.
Are Provisional and Conditional Ballots Counted?
  • Yes, all verified Provisional and Conditional Ballots are counted.
Can I campaign at a Vote Center or Polling location?
  • 75-foot Limit – This is a boundary around the vote center that has the purpose of insulating voters from campaigning while they are trying to vote. Not allowed inside 75-foot Limit: Electioneering (any verbal communication of support or opposition, whether for a candidate, a political party that has candidates on the ballot, or a question on the ballot) Photographers & Media Anyone loitering Candidates and political action committees cannot have tables, people campaigning, etc., inside the 75-foot limit. Allowed inside 75-Foot Limit: Voters can take written materials (sample ballots, pamphlets, etc.) into the vote center with them. Voters can have children or another person there to assist them – except, candidates that are on the ballot are not allowed to assist voters. Normal business activities Except in the case of an emergency, any facility that is used as a Vote Center on Election Day is required to allow electioneering and other political activity outside of the 75-foot limit, in public areas and parking lots used by voters. Not allowed on vote center property: Temporary or permanent structures (canopies, tents, etc.) in public areas and parking lots Blocking or restricting access to walkways or parking spaces for voters. Keep traffic and walkways clear – Any areas used and traveled by voters (sidewalks, parking lots, etc.) should not be blocked in any way (even partially) with your signs, vehicles, tables, chairs, or supporters. Sign placement and tampering – Do not place signs at the Vote Center without first checking with the property owner or manager. Some Vote Center facilities have designated specific areas they have approved for sign placement. Unauthorized signs on private property may be removed. State and many local laws also govern placement of signs on public and private property, as well as removal, alteration or defacing political signs. The Posting of Candidate Signs(PDF, 441KB) can give you some guidelines, but it is your responsibility to make sure you are following the most current laws in each area you are posting signs. PLEASE BE AWARE: The County does not generally lease the entire facility for voting purposes, and most Vote Center locations have normal business activities occurring on Election Day. An increasing number of Vote Center property owners have expressed concern with Election Day mistreatment of their property, unauthorized borrowing of furniture or use of resources, interference with their customers or patrons, and concern with damage resulting from signs on the premises. Vote Center property owners are required to allow electioneering, but they are not required to be a Vote Center. We recommend that you seek permission from the property owner or manager of any Vote Center that you want to campaign at on Election Day.
Where do I call to complain about a political sign?
  • The Elections Department provides candidates with guidelines on sign posting, but is not an enforcement agency. You can call the Public Works Department for whichever government area (e.g. State, County, City, or Town) that the sign is in for more information on filing a complaint. 

Please contact the Elections Department for more information or additional questions. 

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