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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.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.