PEVL, the Permanent Early Voting List, is a list of voters in
Arizona who can vote by mail. Everyone on PEVL, which
is about 80% of the registered voters, gets a ballot in the
mail approximately 27 days before each election. After you
fill out the ballot, you send it back in a prepaid envelope.
PEVL Enrollment Deadline dates for the next two elections are as follows: July 24 th for the August 4 th Primary Election and October 23 rd for the November 3 rd General Election.
The AZ Dems have put together a great PEVL page here.
There are numerous advantages to being enrolled in
Safer: There’s no need to travel to your polling place or stand in line on Election Day. During this Covid pandemic, even with social distancing, it’s safer to mail your ballot from home.
Increased voter turnout: Because of how easy it is to fill out a mail-in ballot, the convenience actually increases voter turnout.
Cost effective: Using mail-in ballots costs less than staffing polling places. Although there will still be some polling places, fewer will be needed. There’s also no need for high-speed tabulation machines because the counting of votes starts two weeks before Election Day.
More informed voting: Mail-in ballots give voters a longer opportunity to study the ballot, learn about candidates and find answers to their questions before voting.
It has also worked for the U.S. Military since the Civil War.
There are two ways to enroll in PEVL.
The first way, and for some the easiest, is to use a PEVL form (as seen below).
You can call (928) 771-3248 and request a PEVL form be mailed to your home. Or you can download and print the form here. After you’ve filled out the PEVL form and you live in Yavapai County Arizona, you can mail it to:
Yavapai County Voter Registration
1015 Fair Street, Room #228
Prescott, AZ 86305-1807
If you live in another county in Arizona, mail it to the voter registration office in your county. You can find those addresses here.
The second way to enroll in PEVL is to go online at servicearizona.com. When you enroll online you will be required to register or re-register to vote. The online setup process is outlined below
Vote by Mail: Vote by mail systems make it easier for citizens to cast an informed and secure ballot in elections. The problem is that election turnout remains low. Despite registration drives and get out the vote efforts, waiting in hours-long polling lines remains too difficult for millions of Americans who have work, kids, and other responsibilities that prevent them from voting on Election Day. In combination with outdated voting machines that are vulnerable to hacking and fraud, our election system is stuck in the past. Mail in ballots would be less expensive than staffing polling places. Mail in voting is accurate, secure and safe.
You can request a one-time mail-in ballot at the Arizona Voter Information Portal.
Take a look at UniteAmerica.org for more on the advantages of voting by mail, then read this recent article in Mother Jones outlining the challenges we face here in Arizona.
Is PEVL more or less susceptible to fraud?
PEVL is easy and convenient for voters and results in almost no fraud. With early voting, county recorders can regularly clear voters who have died or moved, which provides a more up-to-date list of eligible voters and decreases the chance for fraud. In reality, outdated voting machines are vulnerable to hacking and fraud. Some Republicans, and even Trump, have claimed that mail-in voting will increase fraud but those have been proven to be untrue.
Officials in all-mail balloting states say GOP claims of fraud are false - AZ Mirror
What’s the difference between a mail-in ballot and voting at the polls?
Voting with a Mail-in Ballot: Arizonans can choose to have a mail-in ballot through a program called PEVL. If you are a registered voter and are enrolled in PEVL, you will receive a ballot in the mail approximately 27 days before each election. You can then take your time in filling out the ballot. When you have completed filling out your ballot, you can put it in a mailbox or take it to a drop box in your area. The early voting drop off box in Prescott is outside the County Administration Building, 1015 Fair Street. Either delivery method works as long as your ballot is received by 7:00 on election day. Postmarks do not apply
Voting at the Polls: If you do not sign up for PEVL, the only option to vote is by going to a polling station on election day. Because some people do not have access to mail, there will still be polling stations.
Optional ways to vote with PEVL: If you are enrolled in PEVL, you have several options on how to cast your ballot. You can mail it, put it in a dropbox, or you can walk your ballot into a polling place.
There are also many organizations who guide you through what PEVL is and how to enroll. Here are just a few.
The Democrats of the Red Rocks (DORR) gives Voter Registration Information and how to get onto PEVL.
Reddit offers a Vote By Mail Guide for Arizonans.
Do Democrats and Republicans support PEVL?
The majority of Republican voters favor voting by mail. According to a recent Reuters poll, 72% of all U. S. adults said that they would support a requirement for mail-in ballots as a way to protect voters, including 65% Republicans.
Bipartisan Support for Expanded Mail Voting for 2020 Elections
By contrast, even though Arizona voters love voting by mail, the GOP Lawmakers do not. Mother Jones - Arizonans Love Postal Voting. But Even With the Coronavirus, Its GOP Lawmakers Don't.
If you have questions about early voting in Yavapai County please visit the Yavapai County Elections and Voter Registration page. All Voting Is Local has started a PEVL campaign in Arizona, check out what they are doing here.
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