/ Modified aug 15, 2016 4:41 p.m.

20 Percent of Early Ballots Have Been Processed, So Far

With 2 weeks until the primary, voters have until Aug. 19 to request an early ballot.

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The Pima County Recorder's Office mailed about 260,000 ballots to voters early this month, and more than 52,000 of them have been returned and processed, meaning they're ready to be counted.

Processing includes checking the voter’s signature on the envelope before the ballots are handed over to the county elections division. That’s where they’ll be counted, but not until primary election day — August 30.

In the March presidential preference election, almost 90 percent of Arizona voters filled out their ballots before the day of the election.

To vote early
If you want to vote early, you have until Aug. 19 to request a ballot in the mail.

For it to count, it has to be back in the hands of the county recorder by 7 p.m. Aug. 30

There are also eight early voting locations to cast a ballot in person.

Independents, or those registered to no political party, must select the ballot of the Democratic, Republican or Green party to vote. They do not need to change their party registration to vote.

If you already mailed in an early ballot, you can go to the Pima County recorder’s website and click “early ballot status” to see whether yours was processed.

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