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Updated Jul 31, 2014 - 9:16 am

Early primary voting in Arizona kicks off Thursday

PHOENIX -- The time has come to pick who you want in the primaries to lead Arizona for the next four years.

Ballots went out Thursday, marking the official start of early voting for statewide races including governor, Congress, secretary of state, attorney general and Arizona house and senate races. Local races are also on the ballot for mayor and council seats.

Linda Weedon with Maricopa County Elections office said more than 862,000 voters opted for mail-in ballots, but only 29 percent are expected to actually take the time to cast a vote this year.

"In Maricopa County, about 65 percent of the county is registered Republican," Weedon said. "Although, we have more people from all of the parties who are changing to Independent registration."

Polling data is showing a lot of registered voters have still not made up their minds.

"At least as far as the six candidates for governor, they are still sitting on the fence," added Weedon.

If you have not registered to vote, there's still time to do so for the general election in November.

"If you are on the voter file here in Maricopa County, and you just moved, and you only need to update your address, you can still do that and vote in the election," said Weedon.

Independents who do not received a mail-in ballot by next week, can contact the Maricopa County Elections Office to request a ballot. Residents can also contact the office to determine the legality of their vote.

The last day to request an early ballot for the primaries by mail is Aug. 15. Ballots can still be cast the old-fashioned way in person at any designated voting site Aug. 26.

To see a complete listing of candidates running for office in the general election, visit the Arizona Department of State Office of the Secretary of State.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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