Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson primary
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Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson primary

Monday at midnight is the deadline to register to vote in Tucson's primary election for mayor and City Council candidates. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.

Voters will have the opportunity to cast party ballots. The only contested races are in the Democratic mayoral primary, and the Democratic primary for the Ward 1 Council seat, on the West Side. There are uncontested Democratic and Republican primary races, with such a single candidate from each party, in Wards 2 and 4, on the East Side. There is a single registered write-in candidate for the GOP in Ward 1, and a Green Party write-in candidate for each office. There are no Libertarian candidates running.

Wards 3, 5 and 6 are not electing members of the Council this year; terms are staggered. Voters in those wards are only eligible to cast primary votes in the mayor's race this year. In the November election, voters across the city will cast ballots for mayor and all of the Council races.

Unlike the presidential preference election, the primary is open; "independent" non-party voters can select one of the partisan ballots to cast.

Only votes cast for candidates who qualified to be listed on the ballot, and registered write-in candidates, are counted.

Tucson's city elections are "all mail-in," with each registered voter sent a ballot. Ballots are mailed beginning August 2. Those who wish to cast a ballot in person can do so after August 5 at the city Election Center, 800 E. 12th St., or at one of several ballot drop-off locations on Election Day.

How to register

The deadline to register to vote, or update your registration, for the August primary election in Arizona is July 29. If you've moved, changed your name, or want to change political parties, you must complete a new voter registration form. To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arizona and at least 18 years old at the time of the election.

You must register for the first time in the state — or update your address or party preference, if applicable— by midnight Monday in order to cast a ballot in the Aug. 27, 2019 primary. Officials will start mailing out early ballots this week.

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You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com. You can check your address at the Pima County Recorder's website, which will display your full address, unlike the partial one shown by the state website.

If you've moved, changed your name, or want to change political parties, you must complete a new voter registration form.

And remember, Arizona has semi-open primaries. Registered party members must stick with their own faction, but non-party voters can pick a ballot to cast in August. It's only the presidential preference election that picks party convention delegates that is closed.

You can register online in English and Spanish, or fill out a registration form and mail it to the Recorder's Office, postmarked no later than midnight, July 29.

If you have an Arizona drivers license issued after Oct. 1, 1996, that serves as proof of citizenship under state requirements.

Call the office of Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez at 724-4330 if you have questions about registration.

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