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Arizonans face key Feb. 22 deadline for presidential primary


Arizona voters have an opportunity to vote in our state’s Presidential Preference Election on March 22. This election will help determine who will be chosen as the presidential nominees by party delegates at their national political conventions this summer. As an Arizona voter, this is your official chance to influence the presidential selection process before the November general election.

The way it works is simple: Arizona voters must be registered with a political party participating in the Presidential Preference Election by Feb. 22. The Democratic, Green and Republican parties are participating in the Presidential Preference Election.

Roberts, Gina

Gina Roberts

According to Arizona election law, only those voters registered with a participating political party can vote in this election. Those currently registered as independents must change their party designation to one of the three participating parties by the deadline, Feb. 22, if they want to vote in the Presidential Preference Election. After the election, they may change their registration back to independent if they so choose.

Once registered with a participating party, voters can begin voting as early as
Feb. 24 when early ballots go out in the mail. Voters can request an early ballot now from their county recorder’s office. Or, voters can vote in person on March 22 by visiting their designated polling place, or, if in a county with vote centers, at any vote center within that county.

After the election, party delegates will then carry the preference of Arizona’s voters, from each participating party, to their conventions. There, the delegates will determine their official party nominees for the next president of the United States.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is dedicated to ensuring that Arizonans have access to unbiased information and resources to help make these important decisions. Our website, AZCleanelections.gov, offers straightforward and easy-to-use resources such as a voter registration portal, identification required at the polls, FAQs and a calendar of voter deadlines.

By empowering yourself with the voter education tools available at AZCleanelections.gov and then voting in the Presidential Preference Election, you’ll join Arizonans across the state in letting convention delegates know who you want to be the next president of the United States. Learn more at azcleanelections.gov/ppe.

Gina Roberts is the voter education manager for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Reach her at gina.roberts@azcleanelections.gov.


  1. All Arizona taxpayers will pay for the Presidential Preference Primary but Independents and other unaffiliated voters–who have expressly declined to join a party–cannot vote unless they change their registration. No one should be forced to join a party, even temporarily, in order to vote and no one should be forced to pay for an election that requires them to adjust their conscience as a voter.

    Independents have made very public requests to the Arizona Republican and Democrat Party chairpersons to simply open their preference primaries to all registered voters and these requests have been either rebuffed or ignored. The current system of taxpayer-funded preferences for private political parties cannot be justified. The parties themselves should bear the total costs of their exclusionary political activities.

  2. Once again Independents are being ignored by the state. I am angry I have to temporarily change my Party affiliation and lie to exercise my right to vote.

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