Deputy Registrar Program & Tours

Looking for some ways to become more involved with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office? There are a variety of ways to learn more about what we do and even volunteer your time.

Deputy Registrar Program

Deputy Registrars are certified nonpartisan volunteers for the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. DRs work to assist at voter education events around the community, making sure voters are able to fill out forms clearly and correctly. Voter Registration is not just an election year endeavor.


There are 1.2 million eligible, but unregistered citizens and we have 1,000 voter registration volunteers certified through the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office—let's make it 1000 + 1.


It is a free, nonpartisan training offered by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Training is available to all registered voters in Maricopa County. Once certified, DRs can volunteer at official MCRO/Elections events; have access to exclusive continuing education content; and tour MCTEC, the ballot tabulation center in downtown Phoenix.

  • 18 years or older
  • United States Citizen
  • Registered Voter
  • Maricopa County Resident

Deputy Registrars are certified nonpartisan volunteers, trained by MCRO staff. Initial training provides targeted information on the technicalities of voter registration.


Our DRs learn who is eligible to vote, what documentation is required, and when registration deadlines fall. During training, attendees practice completing voter registration forms. DRs should leave the training able spot and correct mistakes.


Once DRs pass the test, they are ready to volunteer in official MCRO/Elections events, helping fellow citizens register to vote. Their civic action is a crucial part of the democratic process.

A Deputy Registrar (DR) is a certified volunteer of the MCRO.

  1. Sign up for the initial training here.
  2. Take the certification test and sign two forms
  3. Join the email list and Facebook Group to hear about opportunities
  4. Volunteer at official MCRO/Elections events!
  5. Invite others to become DRs like you!

DRs receive an initial two-hour training. All material is provided.

Maricopa County is one of the largest voting jurisdictions in the nation, with 2,906,963 registered voters as of 2023

Arizona’s 2020 Presidential Electoral Votes decided by 10,457 voters.

Other close Arizona elections:

  • 2022 US Senator Race: 125,719 voters
  • 2022 AZ Secretary of State: 120,208 voters
  • PROP 309 (Voter ID): 18,488 voters
  • 2022 AZ Governor: 17,117 voters
  • 2022 AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction: 8,967 voters
  • 2022 AZ Attorney General Race: 511 voters

125,991 newly registered Maricopa County voters in 2023.

Junior Deputy Registrar Program

The Junior Deputy Registrar program gives students ages 16-18 a chance to get involved, providing them with the tools they need to host their own voter registration drives and education events. JDRs must have a school sponsor, and both are trained and certified to carry out the same duties as Deputy Registrars.

  • A Junior Deputy Registrar (JDR) is a certified volunteer of the MCRO, 16-18.
  • A representative from Maricopa County Recorder’s Office provides initial and ongoing training.
  • Students are given all the tools needed to host their own voter registration drives and voter education events.
  • JDRs always have accurate and up-to-date information to combat misinformation in their communities.

JDRs and their school sponsor are trained by MCRO staff. All material is provided.

  1. Find a school employee sponsor
  2. Contact the MCRO
  3. Schedule and conduct a training session
  4. Take the certification test
  5. Volunteer at school and community events
  6. Invite others to join you!

Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

  • 190,000 newly eligible Arizona voters by the 2024 election.
  • In between general elections, approximately 190,000 Arizonans become of voting age.
  • Teens can pre-register to vote if they will turn 18 before the next general election.
  • November 6 (the day after Election Day), approximately 190,000 new teens can pre-register for 2026!
  • Arizona’s 2020 Presidental Electoral Votes decided by 10,457 voters.

Other close Arizona elections:

  • Prop 208: Education Funding (2020): 113,171 voters
  • 2022 US Senator Race: 125,719 voters
  • 2022 AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction: 8,967 voters
  • 2022 AZ Attorney General Race: 511 voters
  • Prop 308: In-state Tuition for Non-citizens (2022): 60,443 voters

The power of the youth voting bloc can swing many Arizona races.


While the Maricopa County Recorder's Office is responsible for voter registration and early voting, seeing the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center is a great way to learn about the office's role in the voting process. Witness how the County conducts an election, from early voting all the way to tabulation. View security measures throughout MCTEC, protecting ballots during and after elections.


Customize your tour to focus on your special interests. 


Click here to see a live tour led by Recorder Stephen Richer.

The standard tour is around two hours, and it involves taking participants through what our office calls "the life of the ballot," where we showcase how Maricopa County conducts an election, from early voting all the way to tabulation.


During the tour, we will guide visitors through critical areas of our facility, including the command center, ballot vault, tabulation center, warehouse, etc.

Signature Verification Training

  • Learn how we match signatures on our ballots with hands-on training (+ 30 minutes)

Career Exploration

  • Learn about careers in elections, from temporary work to full-time employment (+20 minutes)

Subject Matter Experts

  • Life of the Ballot, Cybersecurity, GIS in Voting, Communications, and more! (+20 minutes per topic)
  1. Choose your tour add-ons.
  2. Email us to coordinate a date that meets your specific requests.
  3. Send a final list of names 48 hours before the scheduled tour.
  4. Arrive on your scheduled date, 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  5. Learn and enjoy!