Maricopa County Considers Spreading August Election Over 2 Weeks

May 5, 2020

Maricopa County is considering holding up to two weeks of in-person voting in the August primary election to reduce the risk the Coronavirus will spread among people casting ballots.

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Maricopa County election officials presented the proposal to the Board of Supervisors Monday. It calls for opening 75 to 100 “vote centers” in the Phoenix area where any registered voter can cast a ballot during a 10-to-14-day period. Vote centers would maintain social distancing and cleaning protocols, and voters would not be tied to a neighborhood polling location.

About eight in 10 Maricopa County voters already cast ballots by mail.

Maricopa County, which is the state’s most populated county, also plans an advertising campaign to let the remaining voters know how to request a mail ballot.