Elections

Local Elections: August 2, 2022

Complete candidate packets for the 2022 Mayor/Council election are now available in the Town Clerk's office or online here: Candidate Handbook

If you are unsure about the process, it is recommended that an appointment be scheduled with the Town Clerk, Kandace French Contreras, 
480-488-3686 or Kandace@carefree.org 

The Mayor and all six Council members are  are local elected officials. These positions are up for election every 2 years. 
Elections for Mayor and Town Council are held in the fall election cycle of even-numbered years. If all candidates receive a majority vote at the Primary Election, no General Election for candidates is required.  

  
The Planning and  Zoning Commission is 7 members appointed by the Council who serve at the Council's pleasure. The Board of Adjustment is the same as the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Arizona law establishes the filing period for candidates for the August 2, 2022 primary election.   Candidates must file 120 days to 150 days prior to the election, which will be between March 7 to April 4, 2022.

Candidate Forms


Statement of Interest - This form must be filed with the Town Clerk's Office prior to any signatures being collected. 

Statement of Organization - If candidates will be spending or receiving, in any combination, more than $500 during the election cycle, this form must be filed. Please maintain all documentation so that this form may be filed once the candidate hit the $500 level.

Candidate Nonpartisan Petitions - Completed petitions will not be filed until March/April of 2022, but once the Statement of Interest has been filed, these may be circulated for signatures.

Candidate Nonpartisan Nomination Paper - This form will be filed in March/April of 2022, along with the signed petitions and completed Financial Disclosure Statement.

Financial Disclosure Statement - This form will be filed in March/April of 2022, along with the signed petitions and completed Nonpartisan Nomination Paper.

Campaign Finance Statement - This form is a record of the contributions received and expenses made by a political committee or other political entities required to report their financial activity by specific dates.

Financial Disclosure Guide - This guidebook explains how to complete the above Financial Disclosure Statement.


Voter Registration  
Voters may register to vote online. Hard copy voter registration forms may be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk's Office or at the Maricopa County Recorder's offices during regular business hours. For questions, visit: Maricopa County Elections Department
 
Voter Eligibility Requirements
Qualified electors must register prior to midnight 29-days preceding the date of the election. An individual is eligible to register to vote as provided in state law:  ARIZ. REV. STAT. §9-822ARIZ. REV. STAT. §16-101 and ARIZ. REV. STAT. §16-121 and Town Code, Chapter 2-3.

Voters can see if they are registered to vote here: BeBallotReady.Vote

Voters may verify the status of their voted early ballot and that it has been received by Maricopa County Elections for processing and tabulation through the Arizona Secretary of State's office website or on the Maricopa County Recorder's Election website.

Voters may verify the status of their provisional ballots through the Maricopa County Recorder's Election website.
Maricopa County Recorder/Elections Office

The Maricopa County Recorder / Elections Office is currently closed for walk-in traffic due to the COVID-19; however, they are available by contacting them at 602.506.3535, or visit maricopa.vote.
Resources:  
Arizona Secretary of State's Office
Arizona Secretary of State's Office - Elections Laws & Publications
Maricopa County Recorder / Elections
Arizona State Legislature / Arizona Revised Statutes
Arizona Constitution