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The City of Scottsdale will hold a Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, for the purpose of electing a Mayor and three Councilmembers. A General Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to fill any elected offices that remain unfilled after the Primary Election. To be elected at the Primary Election, a candidate must receive a majority of all of the legal votes cast for that candidate’s race. 

Candidates must file their nomination petitions and other nomination forms with the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, to have their names appear on the Primary Election ballot. Write-in candidates are not required to file nomination petitions, but must file all other nomination forms by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

The Scottsdale City Council has also called a Special Election to run concurrently with the August 30, 2016 Primary Election, for the purpose of referring to the voters, as Proposition 490, a Scottsdale City Charter amendment, adopted by the Scottsdale City Council in Ordinance No. 4247.

Proposition 490 asks voters to consider an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter. The amendment, if approved by the voters, would correct outdated Charter language to accurately reflect when: 1) Scottsdale candidate elections are held; and 2) Mayor and Councilmember terms begin.

Proposition 490 will be presented to the qualified voters of the City of Scottsdale in a publicity pamphlet.  The pamphlet will be mailed to the households of all registered voters prior to the start of early voting. 

Ballot Language

Arguments “for” or “against” Proposition 490 may be submitted for publication in the pamphlet.  Each argument cannot exceed 300 words in length and must contain the original, notarized signature of each person sponsoring it.  The residence or post office address and phone number of each signer must be on the argument, but will not be printed in the pamphlet.  If an argument is sponsored by an organization, the original, notarized signatures of two executive officers of the organization are required.  If an argument is sponsored by a political committee, the original, notarized signature of the committee’s chair or treasurer is required. A payment of $100.00, to offset a portion of the cost of paper and printing the argument, must accompany the filing of each argument. 

Arguments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the following location:

Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office,
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

The Publicity/Candidate Information Pamphlet will be mailed to all registered voter households approximately thirty days prior to the August 30, 2016 Primary/Special Election. A Spanish version of the pamphlet will be available online ( and at the following Scottsdale locations beginning August 3, 2016:

Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, 480-312-2412
Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 East Osborn Road, 480-312-2529 
Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt Street, 480-312-2330
Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive, 480-312-7323
Arabian Library, 10215 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, 480-312-7323
Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, 480-312-7323
Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street, 480-312-7323
Palomino Library, 12575 East Via Linda, 480-312-7323

To have a Spanish or large print version of the pamphlet mailed to you, call 480-312-2412, or write to the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office at the address below.  

Residents must be registered to vote by Monday, August 1, 2016 to be qualified to vote in the City of Scottsdale Primary/Special Election.  Qualified City electors may apply for early ballots for the Primary Election beginning Sunday, May 29, 2016.  Official ballots will be available beginning Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

The polling places used in the City of Scottsdale will be the polling places established by Maricopa County and used for conducting previous elections in the City of Scottsdale, if available. The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters who are not affiliated with any political party and who are on the Permanent Early Voting List will not automatically receive a ballot for Scottsdale’s August 30, 2016 Primary/Special Election.  Voters who are not affiliated with a political party have the option of requesting a political party ballot of their choice or a Scottsdale-only ballot. These voters must notify Maricopa County Elections (602-506-1511

of their selection to receive a mail-in ballot for the August 30, 2016 Primary/Special Election. Ballot selections also may be made online at:

Early Ballot Alternate Address Request

The U.S. Postal Service cannot automatically forward a ballot to another address. If you will be out of town this summer and would like to receive an early ballot for Scottsdale’s Primary/Special Election, you must register your alternate mailing address with Maricopa County Elections. Your written request must include the following:

Full name
Date of birth
Maricopa County residence address
Mail-to address
A note giving Maricopa County permission to send your early ballot to the address provided

You can fax this written request to 602-506-5112 or you can mail it to:

Maricopa County Elections
Attn: Early Voting
510 S. 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85003

For more information, please contact the Scottsdale City Clerk at 480-312-2411
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251