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What To Do If You Damage, Lose Or Make A Mistake On Your Phoenix Ballot

More than 550,000 people in Phoenix will receive an early ballot for the upcoming election on the future of light rail and pension debt.

If you, say, spilled coffee on your ballot — like this reporter did — the good news is that it’s easy to get a new one.

“People can feel free to definitely ask for a new ballot if they need one,” said Phoenix City Clerk Denise Archibald. “There’s no problem at all. If they made a mistake or damaged it or misplaced it, they just need to give us a call.”

That number is 602-261-8683. You can also send an email to [email protected]. A new ballot will arrive by mail if you contact the city before Friday, August 16.

Or, you can vote early at Phoenix City Hall until Friday, Aug. 23.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27 (Election Day), Phoenix will have 28 voting centers open.

Archibald suggested shredding the damaged ballot. She estimated the city might issue up to 500 replacement ballots in a citywide election.

It’s important that a ballot is clean and clearly marked if you want your vote to count.

“Our ballot tabulation machines might misread the ballot or might not read it at all if it has a different mark on it or anything else on it,” Archibald said.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.