Elections

The City of Tolleson is a nonpartisan municipal jurisdiction with a Mayor and six Council Members elected at-large. The City of Tolleson participates in the consolidated fall election cycle during even numbered years per Arizona Revised Statute. Historically, the candidates who receive the majority of votes cast for an open seat will win the Primary Election and be seated on the Council. Candidates will only go to the General Election if there is a tie requiring a runoff.

The City of Tolleson has seven Council Members, with each Council Member elected for a four-year term. Council Meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Tolleson Civic Center, located at 9055 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ 85353, or via Zoom. The Council’s principal responsibilities include providing a forum for the discussion of issues critical to the Tolleson community, building consensus and adopting new policies. The responsibilities of the City Council are legislative in nature and are accomplished primarily through ordinances, resolutions and motions that define community policies and standards to guide program development and implementation. Council Members have the responsibility of representing the City of Tolleson’s citizens, listening to both their requests and grievances and responding to their needs within the realm of local decision-making powers.

For candidates interested in running for Council, an individual must be 18 years of age or over at the time of filing their nomination papers, live in the City of Tolleson for one year prior to the Election, be able to speak, write and read the English language and be a qualified elector in the State of Arizona. In Arizona, persons are nominated to run for office in the Primary Election by a petition process for nomination. The petition process allows any qualified voter the opportunity of seeking public office. All candidates must file a Statement of Interest with the Clerk’s Office before obtaining the first petition signature on a candidate petition. Any nomination petition signatures collected before the date the Statement of Interest is filed are invalid and subject to challenge. The Nomination Paper is a formal notification directed to the Clerk that the individual intends to seek municipal office. All candidates must file a packet that includes - Nonpartisan Nomination Petition, Nonpartisan Candidate Nomination Paper and the Public Officer and Candidate Financial Disclosure Statement - not earlier than 150 days, nor later than 120 days before the Primary Election.  The required number of signatures of qualified signers is at least 5% and not more than 10% of the total votes cast for Mayor in the last preceding election at which a Mayor was elected. Candidates are required to file a Statement of Organization with the City Clerk within 10 days of receiving contributions or making expenditures, in any combinations, of at least $500 during the election cycle, as well as file multiple Campaign Finance Reports.    
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Maricopa County voters now have a new place to find critical elections and voter registration information — Elections.Maricopa.Gov.

Voter Registration Deadline:  Monday, July 1, 2024 – Primary Election and Monday, October 7, 2024 – General Election

Last Day to Request an Early Ballot:  Friday, July 19, 2024 – Primary Election and Friday, October 25, 2024 – General Election

PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES TO INFLUENCE AN ELECTION 

Public employees cannot use public resources to influence any election at any level of government. (A.R.S. § 9-500.14) Guidelines

For election resources and voter information, please contact the Elections Department of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at (602) 506-1511 or visit the website at http://www.elections.maricopa.gov/.