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Phoenix Independents Want To Participate In Democratic Preference Election

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A poling location near 7th and Glendale avenues on Aug. 28, 2018.

The state Democratic Party will be holding a preference election in March, and independent voters want in. 

One-third of Arizona's registered voters are independents. And in Arizona, that designation — or lack thereof — means those voters can participate in primary elections by simply selecting one party's ballot. Easy!

But that's not the case in presidential preference elections, which are only open to members of a specific party.

If Arizona independents want to participate in the Democratic presidential preference election in March, they'd have to first change their party. And that has people across the political spectrum demanding change.

The Show shares one perspective from Tim Castro with Independent Voters of Arizona.

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Katie Campbell is a senior producer for The Show.She is a native Floridian and graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism before trading the humidity for a dry heat.Katie worked for WUFT News, the NPR and PBS affiliate housed at the college, where she reported on breaking news and elections. That experience led her to Arizona in 2015 to report for the News21 investigation “America’s Weed Rush.” She traveled from the New England region to Hawaii to reveal what worked — and what didn’t — in states’ medical marijuana programs, and hosted News21’s first podcast, “Cultivating Conversation.”She later covered courts and politics in Pinal County, exposing the misuse of asset forfeiture funds by elected officials, then kept watch over the state House of Representatives for the Arizona Capitol Times, covering everything from a statewide teacher walkout to the departure of two state representatives amid scandal.