Pinal County Recorder Dana Lewis wants to ensure every eligible voter in Pinal County is prepared to exercise their right to vote. She has been making a concerted effort to educate the public on what it requires to be ready to cast your vote, where to vote, and the options of early voting in that and other elections this year.
Recorder Lewis explained, "Unlike other elections, those wishing to cast their vote in our version of a presidential primary election, what we call the Presidential Preference Election, must be registered as a Republican or Democrat. By state law, registered independents and other parties are exempt from this election, which is considered part of the nomination process. For this reason, they are restricted to registered voters within the parties appearing on the ballot."
The last day to register as either a Democrat or Republican in order to vote in the PPE is February 20, 2024. The election will take place on March 19, 2024, with early voting commencing on February 21, 2024. Pinal County residents can check their voting status, polling locations, and other election-related information at Pinal Votes.
When it comes to where to vote, Recorder Lewis is also actively engaged in preparing voters to avoid confusion that could lead to voters being unable to cast their ballot. "Nothing should get in the way of a voter and their right to cast their ballot. In Pinal County, we vote by precinct, not in voting centers, unlike Maricopa County and Pima County, which both use a Vote Center model. Those counties tend to get the majority of news coverage describing election procedures, leading to confusion among newer Pinal County voters," she said. Polling Places for the Presidential Preference Elections are co-located - to check where you will be voting on March 19th, please visit 2024 Presidential Preference Elections Polling Place Designations.
Pinal County Recorder Dana Lewis encourages members of local groups or the media to contact her office for additional information at 520-866-6840 or at [email protected].