I’m registered independent. Can I vote in the Primary election?

Yes - but you must select a party ballot. According to A.R.S. §16-467(A), at primary elections, there shall be provided a separate ballot for each party entitled to participate in the primary. Each recognized political party shall have a separate ballot for partisan primary elections.

In Arizona, the recognized parties are Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican. If you are registered as one of the recognized parties, you shall receive your party's ballot. Due to a ruling by the U.S. District Court, the Arizona Libertarian Party is not included in Arizona open primary. You may only vote on a Libertarian ballot if you are registered as a Libertarian. If you are registered as Independent, Non-Partisan, or as a member of an unrecognized political party, you may choose one and only one, of the available recognized party ballots to vote. Once you have chosen a party ballot you cannot exchange it for another party ballot.

Active Early Voter List (AEVL) and the Primary Election. 90 days prior to the Primary Election, letters will be sent to all voters on the AEVL with information regarding the Primary and General Elections. Voters who aren't registered with a recognized party will receive a form that will allow them to select the party ballot they wish to vote for. A ballot will not be mailed to unaffiliated voters until we receive a form indicating their ballot choice. You may also make your choice by contacting the Recorder's Office.

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1. How do I know it's safe to vote by mail?
2. What Legislative and Congressional District represent Cochise County?
3. How can I find out if I am registered?
4. When does one have to re-register?
5. How can I register or re-register to vote?
6. I’m registered independent. Can I vote in the Primary election?
7. Who can vote in the Presidential Preference Election (PPE)?
8. I didn’t vote in the primary election – can I vote in the general election?
9. What are vote centers?
10. Where do I vote on Election Day?
11. How can I vote early?
12. Do early votes really get counted and is it safe to vote early?
13. What if I make a mistake on my early ballot – what do I do?
14. How do I use the machines at the vote center to cast my vote?
15. How can I save my time on election day, so I don’t have to wait?
16. What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
17. Where do I drop off my early ballot on Election Day?
18. What identification do I need to provide to vote in person on election day?
19. What’s a provisional ballot and why do I have to vote one?
20. Why did I have to vote a Conditional Provisional Ballot? What’s the difference?
21. I had to vote Provisional. Will it count, and how do I determine if my vote was counted?
22. I’m disabled, how can I vote?
23. Is election information available in English and Spanish?
24. What is a vote by mail election?
25. Why does it take so long to know who won?
26. I’ve decided to run for office, what do I need to know?
27. What is a Partisan Office?
28. What is a Non-Partisan Office?
29. Who can sign my petitions?
30. If I don't win in the Primary Election, Can I run as an independent or write-in in the General Election?
31. How do I run as a write-in candidate?
32. How do I challenge a candidate?
33. How do I get copies of my competitor’s nomination petitions?
34. How can I find out more information on the candidates?
35. How do I become a Precinct Committeeman?