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Monday Is The Deadline To Register For The Arizona August Primary

Monday is the deadline to register for the Aug. 4 Arizona primary election. In-person early voting begins Wednesday and runs through July 31.

A voter must be a United States citizen, a resident of Arizona and be 18 years old on or before the general election, Nov. 3.

The August primary election will include candidates for state and local offices from both major parties. Since Arizona allows open primaries, registered independents who want to vote must choose to receive either a Republican or Democratic party ballot. Those who vote in-person can choose at their polling station. 

Those wanting to vote by mail must request a mail-in ballot, and can opt-in to the state’s permanent early voting list. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is July 24, and they must be received by the county no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

A spokesperson for the Arizona Secretary of State said Monday there were nearly 39,000 new registrations submitted in June. Forty percent of those voters registered as independents.

There are currently 1.38 million Republicans, 1.28 million Democrats, and 1.26 million independents registered to vote in Arizona.

Here are important dates for voters ahead of the August primary:

  • July 6: voter registration deadline.
  • July 8: ballots are mailed and in-person early voting is available.
  • July 24: last day to request a mail-in ballot.
  • July 25: weekend voting is available.
  • July 29: last day to return mail-in ballots.
  • Aug. 4: Election Day.

Scott Bourque is a reporter at KJZZ. He got his start in radio working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Cronkite, he helped produce the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award-winning investigative project “Hate in America” as a fellow for News21. For this project, he traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to interview parties on both sides of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, and Portland, Oregon, where he embedded with the Proud Boys, a far-right activist group, as they held a rally that turned into a riot. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Bourque loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown. In his spare time, he manages an Instagram page for Chloe, his father’s clumber spaniel, and enjoys the Phoenix area’s vibrant restaurant scene.