How to vote in Tuesday's presidential election

Posted at 10:08 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 17:18:21-04

Tuesday is the big day. 

Arizona is one of the last states to hold a presidential preference primary election. 

Political leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties say typically candidates do not spend too much time stumping in Arizona, as a clear front runner is already obvious by the time it’s election time here, but this time with tight races on both sides, Arizona is in the national political spotlight.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz made a pit stop in Arizona before Tuesday in a last ditch effort to win over the hearts of Arizona residents and delegates. 

According to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office of the more than 843,000 voters, 430,000 have already made their presidential pick. 

Here are some things you need to know before heading to the polls on Tuesday.

The county recorder’s office wants to remind you that only those who are registered as Republicans , Democrats, or Green Party members can vote in this election.

While Trump, Rubio, Clinton, Sanders, and Kasich are the names you may have seen and heard from the most, you can expect to see many more names on the ballot. The names of candidates who have dropped out will also appear, as the ballots were printed out in advance.

If you want to check on the status of your mail-in ballot, the county recorder’s office is the website to turn to.

You can also drop off your mail-in ballots at any of the 60 polling places in Maricopa County.  Elections officials want to remind voters that they can go to any of these polling places for this election. You can get a list of the polling places here.

Make sure to bring a valid photo ID with you when voting. A driver’s license, voter registration card, or passport will work. It should have your name, photo, and address on it. If you do not have a picture ID then you need to bring two items that show your name and address, such as utility bills or a bank statement.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.