Voter Registration for the General Election November 8, 2022 ends on October 11. If you are not registered with a party, you miss the party. Not sure what you are?

Governments are designed with political parties in mind because the goal is get people talking. That’s why it is so rare for any government to be ruled by a complete majority, even in the United States, where there are only two major political parties. This need for compromise and negotiation is what creates balance within a society. When a majority is in complete control, the minority often suffers as a result. With political parties, it becomes possible to continue fighting for one’s rights and perspectives, even if the party itself is in a minority state at the time.

The presence of political parties ensures that the necessary information about governing is available for those who want it. Each party may put their own spin on the information to serve their needs, creating opinions that serve their own goals, but there is greater data access available to everyone because of the work political parties do every day.

You’ve come a long way baby!

Starting in the early 2000s, voting machines were replaced in a wholesale fashion, spurred on by the availability of federal funds to buy new equipment under the passage of the Help America Vote Act. By the mid-2010s, this equipment had become obsolete, which led the Presidential Commission on Election Administration to note that there was an “impending crisis” in voting technology.

Voters’ expectations are remarkably uniform and transcend differences of party and political perspective. The electorate seeks above all, modern, efficient, and responsive administrative performance in the conduct of elections.

Election administration must be viewed as a subject of sound public administration. Our best election administrators attend closely to the interests, needs, and concerns of all of our voters — in large and small jurisdictions, and in urban and rural communities — just as well-managed organizations in the private sector succeed by establishing and meeting high standards for “customer service.”

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What else is on my Ballot?

The ballot measure languages are approved by the Attorney General for use in the 2022 General Election. Ballot measure arguments will be printed in the publicity pamphlet in the order in which they were paid for and received by the Secretary of State’s Office. The Secretary of State prints arguments in the publicity pamphlet exactly as the arguments were received, including any typographical errors made by the submitter. Arizona’s voters are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on the statewide ballot propositions. Per Arizona law, the Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a series of Town Halls to educate the public about the General Election ballot propositions. The meetings are free and open to the public. This year we plan to host three live virtual Town Halls via Zoom in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima county during the first week of October. If you want to learn more about the statewide ballot measures, please consider attending a virtual Town Hall. Stay tuned!