Elections

Note:
The Polling Location for the General Election on November 8th has CHANGED
The Polling location for Carefree residents that did not use a mail-in ballot will be held at:

Carefree Fire Station No. 1

Community Room
37401 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377.

A Ballot Drop Box will be available from 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday  - Friday for completed Mail-in Ballots from October 12, 2016 to November 3, 2016 at
Carefree Town Hall,
8 Sundial Circle,
Carefree, AZ 85377. 
August 30th Primary Election - Town of Carefree Council

The candidates who ran in the August 30th Primary Election are as follows:
 
Les Peterson – Mayor 
John Crane – Councilmember 
Cheryl Kroyer – Councilmember 
Mike Farrar - Councilmember 
Michael Krahe – Councilmember 
Gene Orrico – Councilmember 
Jim Van Allen – Councilmember 
(Click on name to see election required document)

All the seats for the Mayor and Council were filled at the Primary Election.
There was a 44 percent turn-out of Carefree residents at the Primary Election versus a 27 percent turnout for Arizona. Thanks are in order to all Carefree residents who exercised their right to vote. Click on Election Results at the left to see the final vote totals.
  


Election Information


Elections for Mayor and Town Council are held in even-numbered years. The 2016 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. The General Election, if one is necessary, will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  
  
The Planning and  Zoning Commission is 7 members appointed by the Council who serve at the Council's pleasure. The Board of Adjustment is the same as the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mayor


For Mayor, if any mayor candidate receives a majority of the votes at the Primary, they are declared elected as of the date of the General Election, and no General Election is required.

Town Council


For Town Council, if at least 6 candidates receive a majority of the votes at the Primary, they are declared elected as of the date of the General Election, and no General Election is required. By state law, Town elections are non-partisan.

Candidate Requirements


The Mayor and all 6 Council members are up for election every 2 years.

No person shall be eligible to be elected or appointed to the office of councilmember for more than three consecutive two-year terms, and no person shall  be eligible to be elected or appointed to the office of mayor for more than three consecutive two-year terms.

No person who serves as councilmember or mayor for five consecutive terms shall be eligible to hold either office until three years have elapsed.

To be eligible to run for the office of Mayor or Town Councilperson you must:
  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be a registered voter
  • Have been a resident of the Town for 1 year
  • File a nominating petition signed by at least 5% and not more than 10% of the highest vote cast for an elected official of the town at the last preceding election

The Town Council also sits as the Board of Directors of the Utilities Communities Facilities District/Carefree Water Company.

You may request the Candidate Packet which has the information and forms required to run for the above offices under Election Forms.
 

Polling Places


If you have a Carefree address listed on your voter registration, you will be able to vote in Carefree. Also, Carefree provides for an all-mail ballot, so, unless you choose to come in to vote, which you may do, you will receive a ballot in the mail, which you can return by mail as well.

As for the request for ID to be able to vote - The requirement is for State and local elections only. The federal government does not require ID to vote.

What this means is that if you provide your ID to vote in person, you can cast a vote for every state, local and federal election candidate or initiative. However, if you do not want to present ID when you vote, you will only be able to vote on the federal candidates or initiatives.

If you vote with your ballot by mail, the Elections Division has a system to verify the signature and that the person who mailed in the ballot is the person listed on the voter ballot. 

Physical Voting Location for the Primary Election on August 30th and the General Election on November 8th
The physical ballot location for Carefree residents that did not use a mail-in ballot will be held at:

Carefree Fire Station No. 1

Community Room
37401 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377. 

Voter Registration Questions? 
http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/assistance.aspx