Residents wishing to participate in the Presidential Preference Election (PPE) on March 17 must be registered to vote by midnight on February 18.

The Democratic Party is the only party holding a PPE to choose a presidential candidate, which means only registered Democrats can vote. Registered Republicans, Independents and Libertarians are not eligible to participate. All other political parties have opted out of a PPE in Arizona this year.

A PPE is not a primary election. It is held by the option of the party to give qualified electors the opportunity to express their preferred candidate for the General Election in November.

Early voting for the PPE runs from 8 a.m. on February 19 until 5 p.m. on March 13. The only early voting site is at the Recorder’s Office located at 1415 Melody Lane, Building B, in Bisbee. The deadline to request an early ballot is March 6.

All 17 vote centers in Cochise County will be open on March 17 only from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a list of vote center locations visit

To register to vote, visit and for further information on the PPE visit

For a current list of candidates running in the PPE visit This list is updated by the Arizona Secretary of State. If candidates file a formal withdrawal from the race, or publicly announce a suspension of their campaign, their names will still appear on the ballot, as required by state law.

Early voters can check the status of their mail-in ballot by visiting and entering their voter information.