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The Chandler City Council called for a Special Election to be held on March 10, 2020, for the purpose of submitting a City Charter amendment to the voters of the City of Chandler.
The Charter Amendment proposes making changes to the dates that the City of Chandler primary, general, and special elections can be held. These proposed changes conform to the newly established election consolidation dates that were recently made by state law.
Ballot by Mail Election
The March 10, 2020, Special Election will be conducted as a Ballot by Mail Election. No voting will take place at the polls. Ballots will be mailed to each qualified registered voter beginning Feb. 12, 2020.
Proposed Charter Amendment
Proposal submitted to the voters by the Chandler City Council
OFFICIAL TITLE: Ordinance No. 4900, Exhibit 1 of the Chandler City Council providing a proposed amendment to the Chandler City Charter changing the dates of City of Chandler elections to conform to state statute and election consolidation dates.
DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: The amendment proposes making changes to the dates that City of Chandler primary, general, and special elections can be held, conforming to changes in election consolidation dates made by state law.
A “YES” vote shall have the effect of changing the Charter to reflect the dates that City of Chandler elections will be held to conform with state statute and election consolidation dates.
A “NO” vote shall have the effect of retaining the existing Charter language that requires Chandler elections to be held on a different date than the state’s election consolidation dates.
March 10, 2020 Special Election Key Dates
|Nov. 19||For/Against Argument Filing Begins for the Charter Amendment|
|Dec. 11||Last day to file For/Against Arguments for the Charter Amendment|
|Feb. 10||Last day to register to vote in the March 10, 2020, Special Election|
|Feb. 12||Ballots are mailed to each qualified registered voter|
|March 2||Ballot Replacement Voting Centers open at Chandler City Hall|
|March 10||ELECTION DAY|
Proposition 426 is the only issue on the ballot, and proposes an amendment to the City Charter.
This Charter amendment would make changes to the dates that the City of Chandler primary, general, and special election can be held. These proposed changes conform to the newly established election consolidation dates that were recently made by state law.
In 2019, the Arizona State Legislature changed the election consolidation date for fall primary elections beginning in 2020. With this change in state law, the new fall primary consolidated election date is required to be held the first Tuesday in August.
With the adoption of the new state law, Chandler’s Charter is now in conflict with the state’s mandated consolidated election dates. In order for the City to conduct their 2020 Candidate Primary Election, an amendment to the Charter is required to be submitted to the voters of the City, prior to the 2020 Primary Election.
Any registered voter who resides in the City of Chandler boundaries (excluding County islands) may vote in a City of Chandler Election. You may register to vote online through Service Arizona, or contact the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office to request an Arizona Voter Registration Form, or call 602-506-1511.
February 10, 2020, is the deadline to register to vote for the March Special Election.
The March 10, 2020 Special Election will be conducted as a Ballot by Mail Election. No voting will take place at the polls.
Ballots will be mailed to each qualified registered voter beginning February 12, 2020.
All qualified voters get a ballot in the mail. They can either return the voted ballot by mail or visit a Ballot Replacement Center to drop it off.
Replacement Ballot Centers are equipped with a Ballot on Demand printer, SiteBooks, a ballot drop box, and friendly workers to help you through the process.
When a voter arrives to vote in person, they start at the SiteBooks. The SiteBooks are self-check-in terminals where a voter scans their ID, or manually enters their information to pull up their voter record. The SiteBook sends the voter information to the Ballot on Demand printer, which then prints the corresponding replacement ballot and green affidavit envelope for each voter. Of course, if a voter has their mailed ballot in-hand and wishes to vote that ballot they can do that and drop it off. They can drop their ballot in its signed, sealed, green affidavit envelope in the ballot drop box.
You can return your ballot by mail, or you can drop your ballot off at the Ballot Replacement Center. As long as your ballot is received, or you drop your ballot off by 7:00 p.m. on March 10 your vote will be counted.
The following Ballot Replacement Centers can be used to return your ballot.
Chandler City Hall, 175 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler.
- March 2 through March 6, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- March 9, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- March 10 (Election Day) 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Election Department, 510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, and
Recorder/Election Department, MESA, 222 East Javelina Avenue, Mesa.
February 12 through March 10, 2020, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
The Democratic Presidential Preference Election (PPE) is being held one week after the City of Chandler Election. The dates for both of these elections are set by state law. Please note that if you are a registered Democrat who receives their ballot by mail you may have two ballots in your possession at a time; one ballot is for the City of Chandler Special Election and the other is for the Democratic Presidential Preference Election.
It is critical that you return each ballot in its corresponding envelope by 7:00 p.m. on the corresponding Election day. The green affidavit envelope for your City ballot has a black stripe on it, and the PPE envelope has a red stripe on it. The Maricopa County Election Department must receive your City ballot in its black stripe envelope by 8:00 p.m. on March 10 or it will not be counted.