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Surprise prepares for primary election

Mayor, 3 Council positions are up for grabs July 30

Posted 5/22/24

Surprise is preparing for its 2024 primary election, which will be held on Tuesday, July 30.

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Surprise prepares for primary election

Mayor, 3 Council positions are up for grabs July 30


Surprise is preparing for its 2024 primary election, which will be held on Tuesday, July 30.

Voters will be able to decide on a new city mayor and Surprise City Council seats for Districts 2, 3 and 4, each with four-year terms.

All registered voters in Surprise can vote for mayor. But for district contests, only residents in the respective district can vote.

To check which district you live in, visit surpriseaz.gov/MySurpriseAddress.

Surprise residents will also vote on a ballot measure to ratify the Surprise 2040 general plan. If voters approve, the city will use the plan to help guide future decisions regarding land development, public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, environmental concerns and social issues.

The general plan was shaped through more than a year of community feedback and direction from an 18-member General Plan Advisory Group. Arizona State Law requires every city and county in Arizona to update or readopt a general plan every 10 years by a public vote. Residents can read the plan at surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan2040.

Here is the timeline for the primary election:

• Monday, July 1 — Voter registration deadline . Check your registration status at BeBallotReady.Vote. Register online at servicearizona.com/VoterRegistration.

Update your voter registration if you have moved, changed your name or want to change your political party. Independent voters and those without a party preference can vote in Arizona’s Primary Elections.

• Wednesday, July 3 — Ballots mailed and voting centers and drop boxes available. To receive a ballot by mail, voters must be on the Active Early Voting List. Otherwise, voters may cast a ballot in person.

Independent voters on the Active Early Voting List must make a request for either a Republican, Democrat or city-only ballot before the Elections Department can send a ballot. To make a request, visit your voter dashboard at BeBallotReady.Vote or request at Request.Maricopa.Vote.

• Friday, July 19 — Last day to request a ballot in the mail. Mail ballots cannot be forwarded. If you would like to have your ballot mailed to a temporary mailing address, you can make your one-time request online at Request.Maricopa.Vote or by calling 602-506-1511.

• Tuesday, July 23 — Last day to mail back your ballot.

• Tuesday, July 30: Primary election day

For the primary election, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, is a designated vote center for any voter in Maricopa County.

The City Hall Community Room will be open for in-person voting and ballot drop-off starting July 3. Voters receiving a ballot by mail can return their ballot by mail or drop it off at any vote center in Maricopa County.

Surprise voters can access important dates and information related to the 2024 primary election at surpriseaz.gov/Elections.

To find a list of additional voting locations and drop box hours, visit Locations.Maricopa.Vote. Voters may also track their ballot at BeBallotReady.Vote or sign up for ballot status text alerts by texting ‘JOIN’ to 628-683.