What has and hasn’t changed about voting in Arizona ahead of the primary

 There are a number of new laws for Arizona elections, but voters won’t be affected in most cases until the 2024 elections. /Photo by Jim Small/Arizona Mirror 

By Rachael Leingang | Votebeat

Whether voters fill out their ballots at home or head to the polls for the primary election in Arizona this summer, they’ll see some minor changes from 2020, but most new laws you may have heard about won’t affect this primary.

This article was originally published by Votebeat, a nonprofit news organization covering local election administration and voting access.

Lawmakers considered more than 100 bills to address perceived election problems based on unsupported allegations emanating from last year’s Senate-led review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election and former President Trump’s stolen-election claims. The most extreme measures did not pass, including attempts to end mail-in voting as Arizonans know it. The vast majority of Arizonans cast their ballots via the state’s long-running vote-by-mail option.

Some changes did get approved by the legislature and signed into law this year and last. The new laws passed this year, though, won’t go into effect until September at the earliest, which means the general election may have some slightly different rules than the primary.

Early voting began this week. If you’re on the early voting list, you can expect to get your ballot in the mail in a few days. Some voters have already gotten their ballots — election officials sent military and overseas voters’ ballots in mid-June.

Here’s a rundown of changes you could see when you cast your ballot for the August primary.

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