Election Information

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The Scottsdale City Charter authorizes the cancellation of a primary election if there are no more than two candidates for each vacancy.  By the May 30, 2018, candidate filing deadline, six candidates had filed nominating petitions for three Council seats, and one candidate has subsequently withdrawn.  As a result, Scottsdale's August 28, 2018 Primary Election has been cancelled, and five candidates for Council advance to the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.   

The Scottsdale City Council has also called a Special Election to run concurrently with the November 6, 2018 General Election for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the City a ballot question (Question 1) authorizing an increase in the rate of transaction privilege and use taxes in the City by 0.10 percent (0.10%) for a period of ten (10) years to provide funds for transportation improvement projects.  The tax amounts to one penny on every $10 purchase in Scottsdale.  

Answers to frequently asked questions related to the Special Election can be found here. 

Ballot language for Question 1 is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the Internet:

Ballot Language

Question 1 will be presented to the qualified voters of the City of Scottsdale in the Publicity/Candidate Information Pamphlet that will be mailed to all registered voter households approximately thirty days prior to the November 6, 2018 General/Special Election.   

Arguments “for” or “against” Question 1 may be submitted for publication in the pamphlet.  Each argument shall not exceed 300 words in length and shall contain the sworn statement of each person sponsoring it.  If the argument is sponsored by an organization, the sworn statements of two executive officers are required.  If the argument is sponsored by a political committee, the sworn statement of the committee’s chair or treasurer is required.  Persons signing shall also identify themselves by giving their residence or post office address and a telephone number, which shall not appear in the pamphlet.  With each argument supporting or opposing the question, one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be deposited with the City Clerk for a proportionate cost of the purchase of the paper and the printing of the argument. 

Arguments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 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 November 6, 2018 General/Special Election.  A Spanish version of the pamphlet will be available online (http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/elections/espanol) and at the following Scottsdale locations beginning Thursday, October 4, 2018:

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 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to be qualified to vote in the City of Scottsdale General/Special Election. Qualified City electors may apply for early ballots for the General/Special Election beginning Sunday, August 5, 2018. Official ballots will be available beginning Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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 the State's Primary 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
Alternate mailing address, signature, and 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 480-312-2412
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251