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Are you a Registered Independent?

arizona election 2014 220pxVoters registered as Independents or with a party other than the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian parties, can and should vote in the Primary Election on August 26th.

Simply follow these steps:

If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) and would like to vote by mail in the Primary, you must contact your County Recorder’s office and request that a ballot from the party of your choice be mailed to you. The deadline to request an early ballot is August 15th at 5:00 p.m., but the sooner you request it the better. Below are links to requesting your early ballot online, where available, or who to contact to request your ballot.

County Online Form or Contact Info


(800) 361-4402 or
Cochise (520) 432-8350 or 
Graham (928)792-5037 or
Greenlee (928) 865-2632 or
La Paz (928) 669-6115 or
Santa Cruz (520) 375-7990 or
Yuma (928) 373-1014 or

If you would rather vote at the polls on August 26th you can do this, too, even if you are on the PEVL. Simply show up to your polling place and ask for the ballot of the party of your choice.

If you’re not sure if you’re registered with a party visit this page to find out.

Also, if you’re not registered at all, click here to do so today!

For any other questions about this year’s elections click here.

K-12 Funding Facts

PE0004During campaign seasons, candidates and voters spend a lot of time talking about education and education funding. School financing is a key responsibility for Arizona’s governor and legislature. Here are five quick facts for the election conversation:

  1. $3.8 billion in state funding is appropriated to K-12 operations for fiscal year 2015.
  2. 46% of total general fund revenues will go to K-12 operations and capital.
  3. The Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) data show a 25% drop in total state funding for K-12 education per student – a drop of $1,129 per student from 2008 to 2014 (adjusted for inflation).
  4. US Census data show that in 2012, Arizona had the lowest school spending on administration per student of any state in the nation: $400 in Arizona compared to a national average of $779.
  5.  State tax credits for private school tuition more than tripled from FY 2000 to FY 2012 while total enrollment in private schools fell by 2%.

2014 Leg Report Card – How did your legislators score?

2014 leg scorecardEach year, the 90 members of our state legislature vote on dozens of bills that shape the education, health and safety of Arizona’s children and families. CAA believes that every lawmaker has the responsibility to vote for kids, and our legislators should be held accountable and measured on their performance.

That’s why we publish our annual report card on Arizona’s legislators, Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? During the legislative session, Children’s Action Alliance analyzed and took a stand on several bills. This report card focuses on seven of them in the Senate and six in the House. Together they cover the issues of child welfare, affordable child care, education, budget and taxes and predatory lending. Take a look inside and see why each vote was important, how each legislator voted and key progress for kids during session.

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