By: Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council
The general election on November 8 is quickly approaching, and making your voice heard is extremely important this year. The Arizona Technology Council is the premier trade association for science and technologies in the state. We are home to over 700 member companies ranging in size from early stage startups to large corporations. We exist to empower innovators and are dedicated to transforming Arizona into a national technology leader. As such, those who become our leaders in Arizona have a large impact on being able to continue this work.
Earlier this year, the Council went through a detailed endorsement process where we met with candidates and asked them questions about their positions on areas important to the technology industry. We then announced our endorsements of 57 candidates and published this year’s Vote TechSmart guide to help our members know who has been supportive of the tech industry and the Council’s priorities.
Arizona is at a pivotal point in our history, and the direction our state takes is determined by those who are elected in this upcoming election starting with who will be Governor and who will serve in our Legislature or in our local governments. Ensuring we support candidates who will continue to support pro-growth economic policies that has helped Arizona become one of the nation’s technology hubs is essential.
So much is at stake this election cycle and voting has already begun with ballots being sent out to those on the Active Early Voting List earlier this month and early voting locations being open. Arizonans have until today, October 28, to request a ballot by mail.
If you prefer to vote in person, you may find your polling locations by selecting your county HERE. Polling locations are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8.
Please make sure you vote – your vote truly can make a difference.
Below are some important election dates and deadlines:
- Oct. 28: Last day to request a ballot by mail
- Nov. 1: Last day to mail your ballot back to ensure your vote is counted
If you miss this deadline, you can take your ballot to a drop box or voting location.
- Nov. 4: Last day to vote early in person
- Nov. 8: Election Day
Register for the Council’s upcoming Phoenix and Tucson tech events and Optics Valley optics + photonics events.