Arizona Revised Statutes § 48-2384.01 Alternative Election Process

48-2384.01. Alternative election process

Notwithstanding any other law, as an alternative to the election process prescribed in section 48-2384, the board may choose to conduct voting in any election exclusively under the following alternative election process:

1. Beginning ninety days next preceding the Saturday before any election, the secretary of the board shall cause notice of the election to be given by publication in a newspaper published in the county in which the office of the board of directors of the district is located, once a week for at least two successive weeks. The notice shall provide that the election shall be conducted by the alternative election process and shall describe the procedures for obtaining and submitting a ballot and the applicable times and dates. In addition, the notice shall be posted in one public place in each division and in a conspicuous place at the office of the board.

2. Ballots may be requested in person at the office of the secretary of the board, or may be requested by mail, telephone, the internet or other electronic means consistent with procedures to be established by the secretary. Ballots may also be requested and voted at an on-site early voting location, which shall remain open until 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. The process and time frames for requesting and voting ballots shall generally comply with the process established for early voting by section 16-542, to the extent not inconsistent with this article.

3. Ballots may be returned by mail and must be received by the secretary of the board no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

4. Ballots may also be returned in person at the office of the secretary of the board and at other locations as may be established at the discretion of the board no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

5. For purposes of elections conducted pursuant to this section, there shall be a single board of election consisting of one inspector, one judge and one clerk, all of whom are appointed by the board of directors.

6. Elections conducted pursuant to this section are exempt from title 16, chapter 4, article 8.1.

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