November 8, 2022
Elections for Districts 2, 4, 6 & 8
Here we are only drawing attention to city elections. There may be other local, state or federal elections happening as well, and we certainly encourage you to also vote in those.
May 12 - July 11: Candidates collect signatures to appear on the ballot.
July 11: Deadline for signatures to be submitted by candidates. First day to request early ballot for voters.
October 3: Publicity pamphlet is sent to all voters with information about the election.
October 11: Last day to register to vote for the election.
October 12: Early voting begins and early ballots are mailed out to voters.
November 8: (Tue) Voting Centers open 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (Election Day)
If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the election (50% +1), the City holds a runoff election with its own set of deadlines and election day on March 14, 2023. We will update this information if a runoff is declared.
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.
Additional Election Information
You can find more information about the City of Phoenix Election at the Clerk's Office website including the Candidate Information Packet. Reach out if you're an interested urbanist who wants to run for office!