Elections

2020 ELECTION 
The City of Tolleson is a nonpartisan municipal jurisdiction with a Mayor and six Council Members elected at-large. The City of Tolleson participates in the consolidated fall election cycle during even numbered years per Arizona Revised Statute. For the 2020 election cycle, there will be open seats for the Mayor and 3 Council Members. Historically, the candidates who receive the majority of votes cast for an open seat will win the Primary Election and be seated on the Council. Candidates will only go to the General Election if there is a tie requiring a runoff.

For candidates interested in running for Council, an individual must be 18 years of age, lived in the City of Tolleson for one year prior to the Election, and be a qualified elector in the State of Arizona. In Arizona, persons are nominated to run for office in the Primary Election by a petition process for nomination. The petition process allows any qualified voter the opportunity of seeking public office. All candidates must file a Statement of Interest with the Clerk’s Office before collecting signatures. Any signatures collected before the Statement of Interest is filed will not be valid. The Nomination Paper is a formal notification to the Clerk that the individual intends to seek municipal office. Three forms must be completed: The Nomination Paper which includes a candidate declaration (no longer an affidavit that requires notarization), a Financial Disclosure Statement and Nomination Petitions with the requisite number of signatures. (At least 5% and not more than 10% of the total votes cast for mayor in the last preceding election at which a mayor was elected.) 

Candidates are required to file a Statement of Organization with the City Clerk within ten (10) days of receiving contributions or making expenditures, in any combinations, of at least $500 during the election cycle, as well as file multiple Campaign Finance Reports. The 2020 Primary Election will be held on August 4, 2020, and the 2020 General Election will be held on November 3, 2020.

City of Tolleson candidates for one mayoral seat and three council member seats in the 2020 Primary Election:

Juan F. Rodriguez for Mayor 

Lupe Leyva Bandin for Council Member (Incumbent)

John Carnero for Council Member (Incumbent)

Jimmy Davis for Council Member

Adolfo F. Gámez for Council Member

Donnie Gerhart for Council Member

Albert P. Mendoza for Council Member (Incumbent)


Three Ballot Measures for the 2020 General Election

Proposition 434 – Home Rule Option – Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation: A proposal to adopt the extension of the Home Rule Option – Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation to maintain local control over the City of Tolleson budget for the next four years will be considered at the City General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Under the Home Rule Option, the City may determine its own expenditures based on its revenue and the needs of the community. If Home Rule is not continued, the City will be required to cut spending by approximately 78% to the current estimated state-imposed limitation even though it has the money to pay for the expenses. If the extension of the Home Rule Option - Alternative Expenditure Limitation is approved by the voters, the City will be able to spend the revenues it collects as approved in the annual budget to provide services such as Police, Fire, Wastewater and Water to City residents. Home Rule does not change the property tax or sales tax that the City currently collects. 

Resolution No. 2421: Home Rule Option - Alternative Expenditure Limitation          Home Rule Option FAQ                

Proposition 435 – General Obligation Bonds: A proposal to issue and sell general obligation bonds of the City in the amount of $21,000,000, to be repaid with secondary property taxes, for the purpose of providing funds for parks and recreation projects (including an aquatic facility) will be considered at the City General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay the annual debt service on the bonds.

Resolution No. 2415: 2020 GO Bond Election for Parks and Recreation Projects          GO Bond Proposal Questions and Answers

Proposition 436 – Southwest Gas Corporation Franchise: A Southwest Gas Corporation franchise for a period of up to 25 years for the use of City rights-of-way for gas utility purposes will be considered at the City General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Resolution No. 2408: Southwest Gas Franchise Agreement - Expires November 2045

Call for Arguments

You may submit an argument for or against the General Obligation Bonds, the Southwest Gas Corporation Franchise and the proposed extension of the Home Rule Option - Alternative Expenditure Limitation, provided the argument does not exceed 300 words. Arguments must be filed electronically with the City Clerk at cityclerk@tolleson.az.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 5, 2020 to be published in the publicity pamphlet for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Arguments must include a sworn statement from the person sponsoring the argument; for organizations submitting arguments, the sworn statement must be from two executive officers; and for political action committees submitting arguments, the sworn statement of the committee’s chairman or treasurer must be included. Language of the sworn statement may be the following: “I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing information is true and correct, and I am the sponsor of this argument advocating or opposing this measure, question or proposition.”

VOTER REGISTRATION 

Voter registration must be accomplished by 11:59 P.M., 29 days before a given election. In order to register to vote in the Election, a person must meet all of the following requirements: a citizen of the United States; an Arizona resident at least 29 days prior to an election; 18 years of age or older on or before the next regular General Election; not have been convicted of a felony or treason, unless civil rights have been restored; and ability to write one’s own name or make a mark unless prevented by physical disability. A registered voter should update his/her voter registration records when there has been a change of address, name or party preference.

Online voter registration is available at www.servicearizona.com (a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona State ID is required to register online). Citizens may call the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511 between 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, to request that a form be mailed to them or to find the location of where to obtain a voter registration form.  Completed forms should be mailed to: Maricopa County Elections Department, 111 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Forms may also be dropped off at MCTEC, 510 S. 3rd Avenue, Ste 102, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Registration forms may be downloaded from the Maricopa County Recorder’s website at www.Maricopa.Vote

EARLY VOTING

Early voting is the process where a registered voter can request to have a ballot mailed to them or vote in-person beginning 27 days before the actual Election Day for any given election. Any voter in Arizona may request to be added to the early voter list permanently by making a written request to the Maricopa County Elections Department. The voter’s name will remain on the list until the voter’s registration is canceled, placed on inactive status or canceled by the voter. Join the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) by submitting the fillable form online at www.Request.Maricopa.Vote or www.BeBallotReady.Vote. Citizens may also complete and mail in the form to Maricopa County Elections, 510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

For a one-time request for an early ballot, a form can be submitted online on the Recorder’s website: www.Request.Maricopa.Vote. A ballot will be mailed to you once your voter registration file is verified. Written requests can be mailed to: Maricopa County Elections Department, 510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.  Voters may also call the Elections Department at (602) 506-1511. The deadline to request an early ballot is 11 days before Election Day.

If you miss this deadline, you can vote in-person at any Vote Center location across the County. Vote Centers are open all 27 days leading up to an election and on Election Day. A list of Vote Centers may be located at www.Locations.Maricopa.Vote. Early ballots must be returned by the voter, a family member, household member or designated caregiver. Your early ballot and signed affidavit must be received, not postmarked, by 7:00 P.M. on Election Day by the Office of the County Recorder or deposited at any Vote Center in the County. Please make sure that you return your early ballot by mail well in advance of the deadline date to ensure that your vote is counted. We recommend you mail your ballot at least 6 days before Election Day.  To check the status of your early ballot to see if it was received, visit www.BallotStatus.Maricopa.Vote. You can also call (602) 506-1511, or you can opt into automatically receiving a “Ballot Status” text message by texting "Join" to MCVOTE (628-683).

Facility: ESTHER ANGULO COMMUNITY CENTER - 9555 W. VAN BUREN ST., TOLLESON 85353                                         

2020 Primary Election Voting Dates & Hours:

  • Wednesday, July 22nd – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 
  • Thursday, July 23rd – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, July 24th – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, July 25th – Closed
  • Sunday, July 26th – Closed
  • Monday, July 27th – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, July 28th – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, July 29th – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, July 30th – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, July 31st – 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, August 1st – 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, August 2nd – Closed 
  • Monday, August 3rd – 8:00 to 5:00 P.M. 
  • Tuesday, August 4th – Primary Election Day: 6 A.M. to 7 P.M.                                                                                                                                                              

Workers will have PPE including face shields, gloves and masks, and the County will provide gloves and masks for voters in need. The large locations will enable physical distancing, and there will be frequent cleaning of high-touched surfaces.

Ballots have had a slight makeover as voters will now fill in ovals instead of arrows. The ballot duplication/adjudication process involves the review of a Bipartisan Board consisting of one Republican and one Democrat, both appointed by the County Board of Supervisors or an officer in charge of elections, and one Inspector. If the voter makes a mistake on the ballot and has clearly indicated his or her intent to vote on a particular race or ballot measure by making that correction, damaged or defective ballots that cannot be read by a tabulation machine must be duplicated by the Board and counted in place of the damaged ballot. So if you make a mistake on your ballot, cross out your mistake and fill in the oval next to your corrected selection.

If you already requested or received an early ballot, you can still vote in-person at a Vote Center 27 days leading up to an election and on Election Day.  You will be given a new ballot, and your mailed ballot will be voided. Sample ballots may be found here: www.recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/whatsonmyballot.aspx 

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

Vote Centers are open from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Election Day. Any qualified voter who is in line to vote at 7:00 P.M. will be allowed to prepare and cast a ballot.  You may vote at any Vote Center location in Maricopa County! Visit www.Locations.Maricopa.Vote for a list of Vote Centers or contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511.

ACCESSIBLE VOTING

Maricopa County Election Department’s Assistance Program strives to ensure equal access to the electoral process for all citizens and to provide the assistance some voters may require based on physical or mental abilities, mobility concerns, or language skill sets.  Vote Center workers are available to assist voters with language translations, instructions on process, and with the physical act of voting. Any registered voter may, at his/her option, be accompanied and assisted by any person of their choice, or shall be assisted by two election officials, during any process relating to voting or during the actual process of voting. Voters may request a Braille ballot or a large print ballot; touch screen voting machines will be available at all vote centers with large print and audio files of each ballot; and large print, Braille or audio informational pamphlets and general voter information may also be requested. For information about voting accommodations for voters with disabilities, please call the Maricopa County Elections Department (602) 506-1511 or (602) 506-2348 (TDD). You may also visit the County’s website under ADA Voter Assistance for more information: www.recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/assistance.aspx. Their office is located at 510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Overseas Citizens or active out-of-county/overseas military and their dependent family members are afforded special consideration under federal (Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act or UOCAVA) and state law in an effort to address the additional obstacles that you face in participating in our democracy. Requests for early/absentee ballots for active out-of-county/overseas military personnel, their dependents and overseas voters can be made online at www.MilitaryOverseas.Maricopa.Vote or by contacting the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AT THE VOTE CENTERS

Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the Vote Center before receiving a ballot. The elector shall announce his/her name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 that bears the name, address, and photograph of the elector OR two different forms of identification from List #2 or #3 that bears the name and address of the elector. [A.R.S. § 16-579(A)] An elector who does not provide sufficient identification shall not be issued a regular ballot, but shall receive a provisional ballot and will have five (5) business days after a Federal General Election and three (3) business days after any other election to provide sufficient identification to the County Recorder in order for their provisional ballot to count.

ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION

LIST #1 – Photo identification with name and address – ONE REQUIRED 

Acceptable forms of identification with photograph, name, and address of the elector – if the address on the ID does NOT match the address in the Signature Roster, the voter must vote a regular provisional ballot and does NOT have to return. OR, SEE LIST #3.

• Valid Arizona driver license

• Valid Arizona non-operating identification license

• Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification

• Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification

An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

OR

LIST #2 – Non-photo identification (name and address only) – TWO REQUIRED

Acceptable forms of identification without a photograph that bear the name and address of the elector – if the address on the ID does NOT match the address in the Signature Roster, the voter must vote a regular provisional ballot and does NOT have to return.

• Utility bill of the elector that is dated within ninety days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone or cable television.

• Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election

• Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration

• Indian census card

• Property tax statement of the elector’s residence

• Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification

• Vehicle insurance card

• Valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification

• Voter Registration Card / Recorder’s Certification - to obtain a digital/printable voter registration card, visit www.GetID.Maricopa.Vote.

• Any “Official Election Material” mailing bearing the voter’s name and address

OR

LIST #3 – Mix and Match from Lists #1 and #2 

• Any Valid Picture ID from List #1 with an address that does NOT match the Precinct Register WITH a non-photo ID from List #2 with an address that DOES match the Precinct Register.

• U.S. PASSPORT and one item from List #2

• U.S. MILITARY ID and one item from List #2

PROVISIONAL BALLOT

Every person has the right to vote in any election and cannot be turned away. In certain situations, however, a voter may be required to vote using a provisional ballot if the voter does not have acceptable identification at the Vote Center. A provisional ballot will be counted if the County can determine the voter’s eligibility. If you cast a provisional ballot, your ballot will be counted once it has been verified that you are an eligible voter in the City of Tolleson, and you did not already vote in the Election. Acceptable identification must then be presented to the Tolleson City Clerk or the Maricopa County Recorder by 5:00 P.M. on the third business day following the Election. After the Election, you can track the status of your provisional ballot by visiting www.recorder.maricopa.gov/provisionalballotstatus/.

Election results may be found here: www.recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/.

The Mayor is elected by majority vote (50% of the votes plus 1). There is a formula used to determine whether a candidate has received a majority of the votes cast:
Adding the total number of votes cast for all candidates for an office; dividing that sum by the number of seats to be filled at the election and then dividing the result of that calculation by two and rounding the number to the highest whole number.
Results are not considered "Final" or "Official" until all* of the ballots have been tabulated.
*This includes early ballots received before the election, Election Day ballots voted at the polls, early ballots dropped off at the polls and all provisional ballots voted at the polls.

For more information concerning upcoming elections, please contact the Tolleson City Clerk’s Office at (623) 936-7111 or the Maricopa County Elections Department at (602) 506-1511.