Polls open for Arizona primary elections

Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday for Arizona's primary elections.

Election officials said that they expect to see a higher turnout for this primary election than in some recent elections.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell predicts about a 25 percent turnout.

New this year are the electronic polling booths. Purcell reported a few minor problems early on when polls opened but said there was nothing that interfered with anyone getting their votes in.

There were more than 900,000 early ballots that were mailed out. Purcell reports that nearly 400,000 have been returned with about 300,000 already counted.

Purcell also said there appears to be more independents participating this time around. Independents can vote in the primary simply by requesting either a Democrat or Republican ballot. She said there was a significant increase in the number of independents requesting early ballots.

Polls will remain open until 7:00 p.m. You must bring an identification in order to vote.

If you still have your early ballot, you can drop it at a polling place on Election Day.

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