The City of Tolleson is a nonpartisan municipal jurisdiction with a Mayor and six Council Members elected at-large. The City of Tolleson participates in the consolidated fall election cycle during even numbered years per Arizona Revised Statute. For the 2020 election cycle, there will be open seats for the Mayor and 3 Council Members. Historically, the candidates who receive the majority of votes cast for an open seat will win the Primary Election and be seated on the Council. Candidates will only go to the General Election if there is a tie requiring a runoff.
For candidates interested in running for Council, an individual must be 18 years of age, lived in the City of Tolleson for one year prior to the election, and be a qualified elector in the State of Arizona. In Arizona, persons are nominated to run for office in the Primary Election by a petition process for nomination. The petition process allows any qualified voter the opportunity of seeking public office. The Nomination Paper is a formal notification to the Clerk that the individual intends to seek municipal office. Three forms must be completed: The Nomination Paper which includes a candidate declaration (no longer an affidavit that requires notarization), a Financial Disclosure Statement and Nomination Petitions with the requisite number of signatures - between 41 and 82 signatures. (At least 5% and not more than 10% of the total votes cast for mayor in the last preceding election at which a mayor was elected.)
Candidates will need to file a Statement of Organization if they plan to spend $1,100 or more during the election cycle, as well as file multiple Campaign Finance Reports. The 2020 Primary Election will be held on August 4, 2020, and the 2020 General Election will be held on November 3, 2020. Candidate packets will be available by January 2020.
For more information concerning upcoming elections, please contact the Tolleson City Clerk’s Office at (623) 936-7111 or the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511.
You can register to vote online at http://servicearizona.com or http://www.azsos.gov/elections, in person at the Maricopa County Elections Department at 111 S. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003, or by calling (602) 506-1511 to obtain a Voter Registration Form.
A Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) is now available to voters. If you chose to be on the Permanent Early Voting List, you will automatically receive an early ballot by mail. Requests for a mail ballot or placement on the Permanent Early Voting List can be made by calling Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511 or (602) 506-2348 (TDD). Written requests may be sent to the Maricopa County Elections Department, 510 S. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85003, and internet requests can be made at the following site: www.recorder.maricopa.gov/EVRequest.
Written requests should include:
• Name and residence address
• Election for which the ballot is requested
• Address where the ballot is to be mailed (if different than residence address)
• Signature of requestor
Early voting locations and hours can be found at https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pdf/Ballot%20Center%20List%20PE%20ENG.pdf or by calling the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511. Voters can go to any early voting center to receive their ballot and vote, or to drop off their early ballots. They can also drop off their early ballots at any polling place/Ballot Center on Election Day. Early voting begins 27 days prior to each election. The last day to vote early in person is the Friday prior to each election.
Ballot Center/Early Voting Locations
The Maricopa County Elections Department (MCED) will designate Ballot Centers depending upon the number of registered voters for all elections to be held. MCED will serve as Ballot Centers at all three Recorder/Elections facilities beginning 27 days before the election (A.R.S. §16‐558.01.) and on Election Day (Phase 1). Avondale City Hall, South Mountain Community Center and ASU will also open at this time.
A portion of the Ballot Centers will be set as Mega Sites and will have extended hours. The number of Mega Sites will be 1 for every 200,000 eligible voters, along with other qualifying factors (locations available, proximity to other sites, etc.). These Mega Sites will open 10 days before the election and on Election Day (Phase 2). Mega Sites will have a minimum of 12 check‐in terminals, 2 Ballot‐on‐Demand (BOD) printers, 1 Edge Touchscreen (Accessible Voting Device).
The remaining standard Ballot Centers will be available 6 days before the election and on Election Day (Phase 3). Standard Ballot Centers will have a minimum of 6 check‐in terminals, 2 BOD printers and 1 Edge Touch Screen.
There will be designated polling locations on General Election Day; however, with the new voting equipment, any voter will be able to cast their vote in person at Tolleson City Hall, or any Ballot Center, even if it is not their designated polling place.
Sample ballots may be found here: https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/whatsonmyballot.aspx
IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLS INFORMATION
Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. The elector shall announce his/her name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List# 1 that bears the name, address, and photograph of the elector OR two different forms of identification from List# 2 or 3 that bears the name and address of the elector. [A.R.S. § 16-579(A)] An elector who does not provide sufficient identification shall not be issued a regular ballot, but shall receive a provisional ballot and will have five (5) business days after a Federal General Election and three (3) business days after any other election to provide sufficient identification to the County Recorder in order for their provisional ballot to count.
LIST# 1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and address:
(ONE (1) Required)
• Valid Arizona driver license or non-operating identification
• Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
• Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification
LIST# 2 - Sufficient ID without photograph bearing name and address:
(TWO (2) Required)
• Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
• Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
• Indian census card
• Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
• Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
• Vehicle insurance card• Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification
• Voter Registration Card / Recorder’s Certification
• Any “Official Election Material” mailing bearing your name and address
LIST# 3 - MIX & MATCH from Lists# 1 & 2:
(TWO (2) Required)
• Any Valid Picture ID from List# 1 with an address that does NOT match the Precinct Register WITH a non-photo ID from List# 2 with an address that DOES match the Precinct Register
• U.S. PASSPORT and one item from List# 2
• U.S. MILITARY ID and one item from List# 2
If the voter does not have acceptable identification at the polling place on Election Day, a provisional ballot may be voted. Acceptable identification must then be presented to the Tolleson City Clerk or the Maricopa County Recorder by 5:00 P.M. on the third business day following the election.
Sample Ballots are available online at www.maricopa.vote.
Election results may be found here: https://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/.
The Mayor is elected by majority vote (50% of the votes plus 1). There is a formula used to determine whether a candidate has received a majority of the votes cast:
Adding the total number of votes cast for all candidates for an office; dividing that sum by the number of seats to be filled at the election and then dividing the result of that calculation by two and rounding the number to the highest whole number.
Results are not considered "Final" or "Official" until all* of the ballots have been tabulated.
*This includes early ballots received before the election, Election Day ballots voted at the polls, early ballots dropped off at the polls and all provisional ballots voted at the polls.