Friday Is Deadline To Register With Maricopa County Recorder For Early Mail-In Ballot
Arizona independents wanting to participate in the primaries need to choose a Republican or Democratic ballot by the end of this week for a chance to vote by mail-in ballot.
As of Thursday, the Maricopa County Recorder's office was still trying to contact about 400 independent voters who need to resubmit for early voting.
They were the last of some 2,000 independents whose ticket preferences were accidentally scrubbed during a security software update.
"They haven't lost their right to vote," said County Recorder Adrian Fontes. "They may vote in person, or like anybody else, they have until Aug. 17, to request a ballot by mail."
For that matter, Fontes said any registered voter wanting an early voting-by-mail ballot for the primary has until 5:00 Friday to notify his office.
"And, the reason is, they've got to have enough time to vote it and get it back to us by our next deadline, which is Aug. 22, the last day to mail your ballot back to us," he said.
Registered voters who miss that deadline can still vote early at any of 40 ballot centers from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24.
They also vote in person at their assigned election precincts on Aug. 28.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to clarify the deadline is for mail-in ballots.