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Early voting for 2018 general election kicks off Wednesday

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PHOENIX — Place your vote.

Wednesday marked the first day of early voting for the general election in Arizona.

Mail-in ballots were shipped out to voters who requested the early ballots, while voters on the Permanent Early Voting List also received their mail-in ballots.

Matt Roberts, a spokesman with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that voters should see the ballots in their mailboxes by the weekend, depending on where they live. If they do not see it by next week, they should give their recorder’s office a call.

Voters must either submit their ballots through mail or drop them off to any early-voting areas, the Maricopa County Elections offices, the Phoenix City Clerk Department or any polling place on Election Day.

Early ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6, Election Day.

Don’t have an early mail-in ballot?

In-person early voting is another option for voters as the Maricopa County Elections offices will be open from Wednesday through Nov. 2 during normal operation hours.

The 15th floor of Phoenix City Hall will also be available for early voters.

If you registered to vote, but didn’t ask for an early ballot, you can request one by mail no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 26. Voters can also call 602-506-1511 or visit the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office’s website.

“Early voting is preferred by the majority of Maricopa County voters, and it’s never been more accessible,” Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a statement.

“It gives voters the chance to research the candidates and propositions, and allows them to cast their ballot on their time.”

Tuesday was the final day to register to vote in Arizona.

On the ballot are a U.S. Senate and all nine U.S. House seats, the governor and other top state officials, several initiatives and all 90 state House and Senate seats.

Voters must be U.S. citizens, 18 years old by Election Day, a resident of the county where registering and have no felony convictions unless their civil rights have been restored.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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