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Maricopa County voters should follow these steps to confirm registration

(Facebook Photo/ Maricopa County Recorder's Office)

PHOENIX — Several days after the deadline to register for the November election, some voters in Maricopa County may be having trouble verifying online that their registration went through.

Voters living in Maricopa County can check their registration status online, but it’s possible they’ll get an error message, telling them to contact their county recorder’s office.

“This does not mean that you’re not registered,” Diana Solorio, public information officer for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “It just means that we need to check your information.”

She explained it could be an issue with how the office has a person’s name saved in the system. For example, there may be a space instead of a hyphen or only one of two last names may be saved.

It could also be that voters who registered using a paper form left out some information, such as the last four digits of their social security number.

“I understand there’s a lot of concern, and that’s valid,” Solorio said. “You can just reach out to our office, and we can confirm that you’ve been registered.”

There are several ways for voters to contact the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office if they’re having issues, including online, by phone at 602-506-1511 or through its social media platforms.

Solorio also recommended voters reach out to the county recorder’s office to verify that they’re on the active voter list.

More than 500,000 voters in Arizona are considered inactive but can still participate in elections, according to the Arizona Secretary of State.

A voter is labeled inactive if two election mailings, such as an early ballot, was mailed to them but was returned as undeliverable.

Solorio said the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office will send a follow up piece of mail to confirm that the voter is no longer at the address that appears on his or her voter registration.

The voter will be placed on the inactive list if there’s no response or the follow-up is returned by the U.S. Postal Service.

“This is for security purposes to ensure that we don’t send out official election mail to a voter that is no longer there,” Solorio said.

Voters can be taken off the inactive list by submitting a new registration form or updating their address. They can also contact their county recorder’s office or vote in person.

Voters will be removed from the rolls after four years of being labeled inactive.

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