November 3, 2020
Elections for mayor & odd districts (1, 3, 5, 7)
Here we are only drawing attention to city elections. There may be other state or federal elections happening as well, and we certainly encourage you to also vote in those.
October 23: Last day to request a mail-in ballot (Maricopa County Request in English and en Español). ALSO NEW VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE BY COURT ORDER (Maricopa County Register to Vote in English and en Español).
October 27: Last day to send in your mail-in ballot. If you still have your mail-in ballot, drop it off at a voting location after this day.
November 3: (Tue) Voting Centers open 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (Election Day)
Facebook: Nate Schick for Phoenix City Council
Defend Home Rule - Vote Yes on Prop 444
Why Urban Phoenix Project Supports Prop 444:
Prop 444 is what allows Phoenicians to set its own budget and make decisions to invest in areas that are important to Phoenicians.
If Prop 444 doesn't pass, Phoenix will have to find $1.3 billion of current spending to cut. For context, the City's discretionary budget that funds tree planting, library services, park services and more is only $1.4 billion.
Prop 444 is not a tax increase, it simply allows Phoenicians to decide what is the right tax and investment decisions for our own community.
Prop 444 is backed by a broad coalition of Phoenix leaders and there is no public opposition.
How Phoenix Government Works
The mayor may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Phoenix is divided into eight districts, each of which elects one councilor. Councilors may serve no more than three consecutive terms.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The City of Phoenix is the largest city in the U.S. with a Council-Manager form of government, which is also sometimes called a "Weak Mayor" system.
"Strong Mayor" systems function similar to the federal government, where the mayor is granted the executive power to hire & fire city staff while the city council controls most policy decisions and provides a check to the mayor's power.
But our "Weak Mayor" system is structured more like a corporation in which the mayor is akin to the president of a board of directors (the City Council) and that board hires the CEO (City Manager). The City Manager then has all the power to hire & fire city staff. In this system, the mayor doesn't have many special powers and instead functions mostly as an at-large councilor.