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Get a move on: Arizona vote-by-mail ballots should be returned by Tuesday

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PHOENIX — Anyone planning to mail in an early ballot for the upcoming general election needs to send in his or her vote by Tuesday, Arizona election officials said.

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office said the earlier-than-usual recommendation for mail-in ballots would guarantee arrival by Election Day, which is Nov. 8.

The week between the recommended send date and Election Day should create enough of a window for the U.S. Postal Service to get the ballots where they need to be.

Elizabeth Bartholomew of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office said it used to take up to three days for in-state mail to be delivered but now takes from two to five days.

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office reported last week it had received more than a half-million early ballots.

Ballots must be received by the Nov. 8 Election Day in order to count. Early ballots can also be dropped off at any elections office or at a polling place.

Voters can track their mailed ballots online.

The deadline to request an early ballot was Oct. 28.

Early voting in person continues to be available. In Maricopa County, there are at least two dozen locations accepting early voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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