Home / Elections / Upcoming Elections / March, 17, 2020 Election

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

Important Dates


  • UOCAVA Ballots MailedSaturday
    February1
  • Voter registration deadline*Tuesday
    February18
  • Early voting beginsWednesday
    February19
  • Last day to request a ballot by mailFriday
    March6
  • Mail in your early ballot byWednesday
    March11
  • Last day to vote early in personFriday
    March13
  • Election DayTuesday
    March17

*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.


Who Can Vote:


  • Only voters registered with the participating parties can vote in the PPE.
  • The Democratic Party is the only political party participating in the PPE.
  • This means only voters registered as Democrats can vote in the March 17 PPE.


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.


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:

  • candidate is nominated by the convention
  • candidate releases delegate's obligation
  • candidate withdraws from the race
  • one round of voting has been held without an official nominee being selected
  • After one of the above occurs, each delegate is free to vote as he/she chooses


Quick Breakdown


  • Register to vote by FEB. 18, 2020
  • Presidential Preference Election Day is MAR. 17, 2020
  • Only Democrats can vote in the PPE.
  • Nominees are finalized at respective party's national conventions MAY to AUGUST 2020
  • General Election Day is NOV. 3, 2020
  • PPE – partisan voters select their preferred party candidate
  • Primary Election – nothing to do with voting for president
  • General Election – vote for president (via presidential electors/electoral college)

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. If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning 27 days before the election. Voters not on PEVL may make a one-time early ballot request.

3. Do I need ID to vote early?

It depends. 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.

4. 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

5. 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.