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More than 460K early ballots cast in Arizona presidential preference election

A Maricopa County worker counts early ballots Monday cast in Arizona's presidential preference election. (KTAR Photo/Sharon Mittleman)

PHOENIX — Polls in the Arizona presidential preference election may not close for more than 24 hours, but more than 460,000 Maricopa County residents had already voted as of Monday afternoon.

“We have a total of 894,135 (residents) who have requested an early ballot,” County Recorder Helen Purcell said. “So far, we have received 464,067 ballots back, which is about a 54 percent return, which is a pretty good return at this point.”

Ballots that have not yet been mailed will not be received in time to be tabulated. Instead, Secretary of State Michelle Reagan said ballots must be dropped off at a polling location.

“If you still have your early ballot in hand, please do not put it in the mail,” Reagan said. “It will not make it in time for it to be counted.”

Sixty polling locations will be open across the county. Unlike other elections, voters are not restricted as to where they cast their ballot.

However, only registered Democrats, Republicans and Green Party members can vote on Tuesday.

“If you are a registered independent, then unfortunately, you cannot participate tomorrow at the polls,” Reagan said, adding that voters will be required to bring identification before they are handed a ballot.

Purcell said the county has counted nearly 340,000 of the ballots received.

About 1.26 million Maricopa County voters are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election.

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