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Early voting starts in Arizona Democratic presidential primary

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PHOENIX – With early voting starting, Tuesday was the last day Arizonans could register as Democrats and be eligible to participate in the 2020 presidential preference election.

Early voting in Arizona’s version of the primary began Wednesday. Election Day is March 17, two days after the remaining candidates will be in Phoenix for a debate.

Voters on the permanent early voting list will automatically receive their ballots by mail. Registered voters not on the list can request an early ballot by March 6.

Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on the day of the election.

Officials recommend putting ballots in the mail no later than March 11. After that, completed ballots should be dropped off in person at polling places or vote centers.

More than 270,000 Arizonans are on the early voting list, but ballots for this election are being mailed only to the approximately 900,000 registered Democrats, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

With President Donald Trump running for reelection, Republicans aren’t holding a primary in Arizona this year.

Registered independents are not eligible to vote in a state party’s presidential preference election.

“We’re working every day to make sure voters have what they need to participate in our democracy,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a press release.

“Voters should turn to their most trusted sources – state and local election officials – for accurate and up-to-date election information.”

You can check your registration status and find more information about state elections at Arizona.Vote.

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