This year’s City of Phoenix elections present less drama than perhaps any in the last decade. Three of four incumbent City Council members are running unopposed, and Mayor Greg Stanton faces just two challengers, both of whom lag well behind him in fundraising.
The 2013 City Council race had 16 candidates running, but still drew only 23.4 percent of registered voters to the polls. With a much less eventful campaign this year, even lower voter turnout is likely. While it is no secret that Presidential elections draw the highest voter turnout (2012 saw 74.3 percent of voters participate), Phoenix is making a push to increase voter participation, especially in City elections.
Early voting remains highly popular among Phoenicians, with early ballots routinely making up between 88 and 96 percent of votes cast. To receive an early ballot, you may sign up to be included on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL), which means you will automatically receive an Early Voting Ballot for each election without needing to request one for each election. Registering to vote online, or signing up to place your name on the PEVL, is a simple process which can be done here. Other options include mailing in the registration form found through the online link or filling out a registration form in person at the County Recorder’s office.
- July 27, 2015: Deadline to Register to Vote in the Phoenix General Election
- August 25, 2015: Elections for Mayor and Council Members in Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7
Candidates for Mayor
- Anna Maria Brennan
- Matthew Jette
- Greg Stanton (Incumbent)
Candidates for District 1
- Thelda Williams (Incumbent)
Candidates for District 3
- Bill Gates (Incumbent)
Candidates for District 5
- Felix Garcia
- Daniel Valenzuela (Incumbent)
Candidates for District 7
- Michael Nowakowski (Incumbent)
The Chamber reminds you that voting is vitally important, and that the business community can make major impacts on policies that affect us all. Get out and vote!