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CASA GRANDE — Nearly half of all registered Pinal County voters have cast their vote, either through an early mail-in ballot or in-person at an early voting location, according to the Pinal County Elections Department.

The latest Pinal County election data shows that, as of Friday, 122,685 early ballots had been accepted by the county. The county has 263,199 registered voters, and 180,501 early ballots were issued to Pinal County voters.

In comparison, during the 2016 general election the county had 189,462 registered voters; 122,599 early ballots were issued and 97,518 early ballots were cast by that time, according to the Pinal County Elections Department. The total number of ballots cast during the 2016 general election was 131,628 or about 69.47% of the total number of registered voters in the county.

Currently, voters registered with the Republican Party are leading the way with 49,913 early ballots returned to the county for the 2020 general election. Voters registered with the Democratic Party have returned 39,848 early ballots and voters registered as “other” have returned 32,36 ballots. Voters registered with the Libertarian Party have returned 819 ballots and voters registered with the Green Party have returned 69 early ballots.

Voters who have cast an early ballot can see if their ballot has been accepted by going online to my.arizona.vote.

The Pinal County Elections Department reminds any voters who have completed but have not returned their early mail-in ballot that they must physically bring it to any Pinal County polling place, Pinal County ballot dropbox or Pinal County Recorder’s Office before 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is Tuesday. A list of early ballot drop-off sites can be found here: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Vote/Pages/EarlyBallotDropOffSites.aspx.

Voters dropping off an early mail-in ballot do not have to wait in line to deposit their ballot.

Voters who plan to vote in-person on Election Day must vote at their assigned polling place, according to the department. Voters can find their polling place online at my.arizona.vote or call 311 for assistance.

Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. The department recommends that voters wear a mask or face covering and bring their own blue or black pen to mark their ballot. No photos, including selfies, are allowed in the polling place, according to the department.

The first, preliminary, election results should start to post to the Elections Department’s website around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The results will be updated every hour and each day until all of the ballots are tabulated.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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