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What’s the Presidential Preference Election?

This election is an opportunity for Arizona voters to let their parties know who they prefer as their presidential candidate for the General Election on November 8, 2016. Support your candidate and turn out on March 22, 2016, to voice your choice in the Presidential Preference Election.


Are you registered as an independent voter?

If you want to participate in the Presidential Preference Election, you must change your party affiliation with one of the three participating parties, Democratic, Green or Republican, by February 22, 2016. After the election, you can change your registration back to independent again, if you so choose.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Presidential Preference Election (PPE)?

The PPE will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

What happens if the candidate I voted for dropped out?

Votes for candidates that dropped out of the race will still be tabulated by the county elections offices. Voters that already cast a ballot may NOT vote again, even if the candidate they voted for is no longer running. Should a candidate that dropped out of the race receive the highest number of votes in the PPE, the party delegates are no longer obligated to vote for that candidate at the party's national convention and are free to vote as they choose.

For more information on how the PPE works and what happens to your vote, click on the video at the top of this page.

What’s the difference between the PPE and a primary?

The March 22, 2016, PPE ballot only contains presidential candidates from participating political parties. (Note: Arizona’s open primary provision does NOT apply to the PPE.)

The August 30, 2016, Primary Election ballot contains federal (U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives), state and local candidates and will NOT contain any presidential candidates. Click here for more information on the August 30, 2016, Primary Election.

The PPE* and the Primary Election are an opportunity for Arizona voters to nominate candidates to the General Election. The General Election is when candidates are actually elected to office.

*Party winners of the Arizona PPE may not appear on the General Election ballot. The official party nominee is determined at the party’s national convention.

Who will be on the ballot?

Can voters registered as independents cast a ballot in the PPE?

Only voters registered with the Democratic, Green or Republican parties can vote in the PPE. If an independent would like to vote in the PPE, they must change their voter registration to a participating party affiliation by February 22, 2016, (29 days prior to the election). After the election, voters can change their voter registration back to independent again, if they so choose.

Can I vote early in the PPE?

Absolutely. If you are registered with a participating party and are on the Permanent Early Voting List, you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning February 24, 2016. Your county may also offer on-site early voting locations. To request a one-time early ballot, to sign up for the permanent early voter list or to find an on-site early voting location, contact your county recorder’s office.

What are the key dates in this election?

Voter Registration Deadline – Monday, February 22, 2016
Early Voting Begins – Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Election Day – Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Election Results – Monday, April 4, 2016

ID at the Polls?

After arriving at your polling location on Election day you will present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3.

List #1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (One Required)
  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification
List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bear the name and address (Two Required)
  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”
List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)
  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

Arizona Revised Statutes: Title 16, Article 4 – A.R.S. §§ 16-241 through 16-250

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