Feb. 18 deadline to register as Democrat to vote in AZ's presidential preference election

Feb. 18 deadline to register as Democrat to vote in AZ's presidential preference election

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Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez says only 40% of voters in Pima County are registered Democrats. Voters registered to other political parties will not be eligible to vote in the state’s Presidential Preference Election on March 17.

Only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote in Arizona’s presidential preference election on March 17.

The deadline to register to vote or to change your party affiliation to Democrat is midnight Feb. 18, according to Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

Since the Democratic Party is the only one taking part in this election, only registered Democrats will be eligible to vote. Those not eligible include registered Republican, Green Party and Libertarian Party voters. Also, voters who do not list a party preference are not allowed to vote in the election.

Rodriguez said about 40% of voters in Pima County are registered Democrats, meaning about 60% of local voters will not be allowed to cast ballots in the election. The Republican Party is not taking part in the election.

Arizona law requires that voters must be registered to whatever parties are taking part in the election, which is different than a primary election.

If you are not sure of your party affiliation, you can check online at www.recorder.pima.gov/VoterStats/VoterInfo

If you would like to change your party affiliation or register to vote, the easiest way is to visit www.servicearizona.com and select “Voter Registration.”

You may also pick up paper forms to update your party affiliation at any Pima County post office or public library.

Forms are also available at the Recorder’s Office downtown, 240 N. Stone Ave., first floor, and at the east-side office at 6920 E. Broadway.

For more information, you can call the Recorder’s Office at 724-4330, or visit www.recorder.pima.gov

To see a sample ballot for the presidential preference election, go to tucne.ws/1e8d

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