Home Rule information
How do I run for office?
City Council and mayoral candidate packets are available through the City Clerk's Office. Call (928) 282-3113 to set an appointment to obtain a packet. To run for city council or mayor, residents must meet the following qualifications:
In accordance with A.R.S. § 9-232A, a candidate for local office must be a qualified elector at the time of filing their nominating paper. Qualifications are as follows:
- A candidate must be a *Qualified Elector.
- A candidate must be 18 years of age or older.
- A candidate must be able to speak, write, and read the English language.
- A candidate must reside within the Sedona City limits for one year preceding the election.
- A person convicted of a felony cannot serve as a Council member until his/her civil rights have been restored.
- A person adjudicated an “incapacitated person” cannot serve as a Council member.
- A person cannot be a candidate for more than one public office if the elections for those offices are held on the same date and if the person would be prohibited from serving in the offices simultaneously.
*A qualified elector is a person who is qualified to register to vote and who is properly registered to vote and is otherwise qualified. To register to vote, an individual must possess all of the following qualifications:
- United States citizenship,
- Age of eighteen years or more on or before the regular general election next following his registration,
- State residency for a period of twenty-nine days prior to election. (If this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or other legal holiday, voter registrations that are received on the next business day immediately following the Saturday, Sunday or other legal holiday are deemed to have been timely received for purposes of voting in that election.),
- Residency in the city or town for twenty-nine days prior to the election. (If this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or other legal holiday, voter registrations that are received on the next business day immediately following the Saturday, Sunday or other legal holiday are deemed to have been timely received for purposes of voting in that election.), and
- Ability to write one's own name or make his mark unless prevented by physical disability.
Who can vote in a city election?
Residents who live within the Sedona city limits and are registered to vote at least 29 days prior to an election.
Is there early voting?
If you will be out of town during the ballot mailing period and do not have a forwarding address where your ballot can be sent, you can vote early. Contact your County Recorder for early voting locations. If you do have an address where your ballot can be sent, contact Yavapai or Coconino County Voter Registration and let them know the address the week before election ballots are mailed.
How do I submit an argument for a publicity pamphlet?
Bring your argument to the Sedona City Clerk's Office, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, Arizona 86336. For the August 28, 2018 election, each argument, either pro or con, has a 200- word limit and will not require a deposit. The deadline for submitting arguments is 90 days prior to an election where a publicity pamphlet is required, which is May 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. for the August 28, 2018 election. See the Call for Arguments PDF for more information.
Where do I register to vote?
If you are not registered and want to vote in an election, you must be a qualified voter and be registered to vote at least 29 days prior to the election. If you live in Sedona-Yavapai County, you must register to vote with Yavapai County. If you live in Sedona-Coconino County, you must register to vote with Coconino County. Voter registration forms for both counties are available at the Sedona City Clerk's Office, 102 Roadrunner Drive.
If you are a registered voter and have changed your name, residential, or mailing address, you need to re-register to vote at least 29 days prior to the election. If you have any doubt about your voter registration status contact your county voter registration office: Yavapai County Voter Registration is 928-639-8100; Coconino County Voter Registration is 1-800-793-6181.