TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Recorder reminds early voters to put their mail-in ballot in the mail Thursday to ensure it reaches their office by Election Day.
The Presidential Preference Election is Tuesday, March 22.
Only registered Republicans, Democrats, and Green Party voters are eligible to participate.
If voters can't get to the post office on Thursday, they have two options to turn in their early ballot.
One, they can d rop off their vote-by-mail ballot at one of the recorder's three locations between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Tuesday:
Downtown 240 N. Stone Ave., First Floor
East side 6920 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite D
Southside 6550 S. Country Club Rd.
Two, they can d rop off their vote-by-mail ballot on Election Day with a poll worker at any polling location. It doesn't need to be the location they've been assigned.
"Before I used to wait until the last minute," Catherine Bartruff said. "I was one of those procrastinators, so I would get the early ballot and usually leave it on my counter, forget about it and then election day would come along and I'd be running to get to my poll to do it."
This year, Bartruff said, is different.
"This year I made sure that the day I got my early ballot I mailed it in. I voted immediately," she added. "It just seems like it's a lot more important this year. It's more important this year than it has been any other year."
The recorder's office says it mailed more than 224,000 early ballots. That's almost 70 percent of voters eligible for this Presidential Preference Election. The office estimates nearly 50 percent of the ballots they mailed will be returned.