March 17, 2020 PPE Election

Learn about the March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Election.

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LocationElection TypeWhat's on the Ballot
StatewidePresidential Preference ElectionDemocratic Party Presidential Candidates

Important Dates

  • February
    1 UOCAVA Ballots Mailed
  • February
    18 Voter registration deadline*
  • February
    19 Early voting begins
  • March
    6 Last day to request a ballot by mail
  • March
    11 Mail in your early ballot by
  • March
    13 Last day to vote early in person
  • March
    17 Election Day

*As of Aug 9, 2017, voter registration deadlines falling on a legal holiday or weekend move to the next immediate business day, pursuant to changes enacted by SB 1307.

What is the Presidential Preference Election?

The Presidential Preference Election (PPE), is an election in which voters can choose who they would like to be their presidential candidate in the upcoming General Election.

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Watch the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing's video explaining the PPE, presented in American Sign Language!
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Who is on the Ballot?

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Who Can Vote:

Why can only Democrats vote?

The PPE is not a primary election. This means Arizona’s open primary law does not apply to the PPE. Therefore, only voters of a participating party may vote on that party's ballot. Since the Democratic Party is the only party participating in the PPE, only Democrats can vote in the PPE.

Can I change my political affiliation so I can vote?

Yes. The voter registration deadline for the PPE is February 18, 2020. Any voter that is a registered Democrat by that deadline can vote in the PPE.

Where do I vote?

Use the Voter Dashboard tool to find voting locations near you!

Emergency Early Voting:

Qualified electors who experience an emergency between 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election and 5:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the election may request to vote at an emergency voting center. “Emergency” means any unforeseen circumstance that would prevent the voter from voting at the polls.

Voters should contact their county for emergency voting information.

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What Happens After the PPE?

The state parties will hold their state conventions to determine their delegates. Delegates from all of the states attend the party’s national convention, where the party winners of the Arizona PPE are then considered among the other states’ nominees. The official party candidate for President of the United States is selected to represent the party nationally, and placed on the general election ballot across the country.

National Conventions Schedule:
  1. Democratic National Convention = July 13-16, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI
  2. *Republican National Convention = August 24-27, 2020 in Charlotte, NC
  3. Green Party National Convention will be July 9-12, 2020 in Detroit, MI
  4. Libertarian Party National Convention will be May 21-25, 2020 in Austin, TX

How are delegates selected?

The process for selecting delegates is prescribed by each party’s bylaws. The PPE decides who the delegates vote for at the national convention.

Do the delegates have to vote for the PPE winner?

Delegates must cast their ballot for the candidate who won the PPE in Arizona unless:

Quick Breakdown

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Voting FAQ

Voting FAQ

1. When are the polls open?
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Don't forget your ID!
2. Can I vote early?
Absolutely. For the all mail elections voters will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning 27 days before the election. If you are living in an area not participating in an all mail election voters on the Active Early Voting List (AEVL) will receive ballots automatically. Voters not on AEVL may also make a one-time early ballot request or visit a replacement or voting location.
3. What if I have an emergency and can't vote on Election Day?
If a voter cannot vote during the early voting period, emergency voting is available beginning 5pm the Friday before Election Day through 5pm the Monday before Election Day. Voters must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury that they have an emergency that prevents them from voting on Election Day (voters do not need to disclose what the emergency is).
4. Do I need ID to vote early?
If you vote early by mail, ID is not required. Your signature on the early ballot affidavit is compared to your voter registration record by the County Recorder to determine if the signature is valid.

ID is required if you vote early in person, or at a polling place or voting center on Election Day.
List of Acceptable Identification
5. How can military & overseas voters (UOCAVA) get a ballot?
Military and Overseas voters have special voting rights under federal and state law (Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)). These rights include the use of a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an early ballot as well as the use of a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which serves as an emergency back-up ballot. Learn More
6. Do I have to vote everything on my ballot?
No, voters do not have to vote everything on their ballot. The votes they do cast will still be counted. However, we encourage voters to vote down the ballot as local races, propositions, judges, etc. can impact voters' daily lives.