NAU Votes! Frequently asked questions
NAU Votes is a campus-wide coalition working to increase voter registration and participation at NAU. Below are some frequently asked questions to support you in your voting efforts.
Helpful information to help you navigate the upcoming election
How do I register to vote? Accordion Closed
- If you have an Arizona Driver’s ID with the address which matches where you currently live, use Service Arizona. You can also update the address on your driver’s license at that site.
- If you have an Out-of-State ID, use the paper form to register. You will also have to provide Proof of Citizenship to the County Recorder’s Office.
- If you have a Driver’s ID from MI, MN, NY, VT, and WA, that is an acceptable proof of citizenship.
- For other states or if you do not have a driver’s license, you can take a picture of your birth certificate OR the page in your passport with your photo on it and email that photo to the County Elections office: email@example.com (Or you can drop it in the mail or deliver in person to 110 E. Cherry in Flagstaff, AZ 86001).
- If you do not provide Proof of Citizenship, you will be registered as a Federal Only voter, meaning you will only be able to vote for Federal level offices.
How old do I have to be to vote? Accordion Closed
You have to be 18 to vote; however, you may register to vote if you are 17 and will be 18 on or before November 3, 2020.
Can I vote if my driver’s license is from out-of-state? Accordion Closed
Yes! Just make sure to follow the instructions under “How do I register to vote?” and provide proof of citizenship to get registered for state and local elections.
Can I vote if I’m not a US citizen? Accordion Closed
No! Do not attempt to register to vote until you are sworn in at an official naturalization ceremony. This may jeopardize your naturalization application!
What address do I use on my registration form? Accordion Closed
You’ll be asked for two addresses:
- Address where you live: the dorm name is sufficient if you live on campus (have an 86011 zip code). If you don’t live on campus, use your full address.
- Mailing address: on-campus, find your NAU PO Box on the Postal Services page. If you live off-campus, use your mailing address.
All election mail is snail mail, so check your snail mailbox.
How do I get my ballot by mail, and why should I? Accordion Closed
To get your ballot in the mail, sign up to add your name to the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL). Being a PEVL voter means that you will receive your ballot approximately 27 days prior to the election. You can then choose to return it by mail (at least one week before Election Day so that it gets to the elections office in time!) or drop it off in person at any time up until the polls close on Election Day.
Signing up for PEVL makes voting more convenient and allows you more time to think about your votes. It also has been shown that a PEVL voter is more likely to actually vote than a non-PEVL voter.
To become a PEVL voter, just check the box on your voter registration form to sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List.
If you’ve already registered to vote and didn’t check that box, you can fill out this form and mail it into the County Elections Office at 110 E. Cherry, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. If you’re not sure whether you checked the box, it’s best just to fill out the voter registration form again.
Should I register to vote where I go to school, or where my parents live? Accordion Closed
You should consider registering to vote where you live. Every candidate runs on a platform that affects the people that are voting for them. These candidates have positions on policies that affect traffic, housing availability, climate change, student loans, and many other matters that affect your daily life. Many of these issues, such as minimum wage, are often left directly to voters. Voting locally gives you the opportunity to understand your community and affect it first-hand with your vote.
In addition, Arizona is a “swing state” in the 2020 Presidential Election. Your vote in Arizona will make more of a difference in the Presidential race than if you are voting in a state that is solidly Republican or Democratic. Likewise, Arizona’s US Senate race, our Congressional District 1 race, and our Legislative District 6 race for Senate and House in the Arizona legislature will all be close races where your vote will matter.
What ID do I need when I vote? Accordion Closed
If you are registered to get your ballot by mail (PEVL), you do not need to show any additional ID.
If you vote early in person or vote on Election Day, then you will need to present one of these forms of ID at the polling place.
What’s a ‘Federal Only’ registration? Accordion Closed
If you do not have evidence of citizenship (which can be an Arizona Driver’s License), you will be registered to vote only in Congressional and Presidential Elections. This means you can’t vote for our important Legislative District senator and representatives or in local elections. So, please take the extra step to prove your citizenship and get your full voting rights in Arizona. See “How to Register to Vote” — the first question on this page.
Where do I go to vote? Accordion Closed
If you’re not registered to get your ballot by mail (PEVL), you go to an official polling place. As each election approaches, the County Elections Office will designate polling places. They may be in apartment buildings, churches, schools, or other public places.
In addition to the regular polling locations, there are also Vote Centers. Any Coconino County Voter can vote at a Vote Center. For the 2020 General Election, there will be a Vote Center at the NAU Skydome.