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Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson primary election

The deadline to register to vote in next month's primary election in Tucson is midnight on Monday, July 31. You can register online or check your current registration at

The City Council primary — for voters in wards 3, 5 and 6 — will be conducted by mail. Ballots will be sent to registered voters on August 9 for the August 29 election.

An information pamphlet will be sent to all voters in those wards beginning August 2, officials said.

While half the seats on the Council will be filled for four-year terms in the November general election, the August primary includes only two competitive races.

In Ward 3, Democrats Felicia Chew, Paul Durham and Tom Tronsdal — and write-in candidate Dan Linhart — are vying to appear on the November ballot, while Greens Mike Cease and Michael Oatman are in their party's primary in Ward 6.

The mayor and Council members in wards 1, 2 and 4 have terms running through 2019. Members of the Council are nominated by voters from the individual wards in the primary, and elected in a citywide vote in the general election.

"Since this election will be conducted entirely by mail, it is imperative that any voter who needs to update their address does so as soon as possible," Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez reminded those who want to cast a ballot.

How to register

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

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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 Monday. 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.

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. You can check your registration on the Recorder's site.

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