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Attention Coconino County Registered Democrats & Republicans

The PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE ELECTION will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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What is the difference between a presidential preference election and a primary in Arizona?

In Arizona, the Presidential Preference Election has been a significant aspect of the electoral process for over thirty years. Established in 1992, this procedure was Arizona’s way of joining the Super Tuesday states, indicating which presidential candidate might be gaining momentum early.

Initially intended for the 1992 elections, it was officially named the “Presidential Preference Election” in 1995, in time for the next presidential cycle. This title was chosen to reflect its purpose: to gauge the voters’ preference for president.

The key difference between the Presidential Preference Election and a regular primary is that the winner of this event may not necessarily be the candidate on the ballot for the fall general election. This is because party delegates are responsible for choosing the presidential nominees at their conventions. However, Arizona law encourages these delegates to consider the voters’ preference from this election.

Arizona also holds a standard primary election for all parties, but this doesn’t include selecting the presidential nominee. In the Presidential Preference Election, only registered Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote, while Independents and non-affiliated voters can make their presidential choice known only in the General Election.

Voting locations for the PPE must adhere to the formulas outlined in the Arizona Revised Statue based on the number of registered voters with the participating parties in each precinct. The Pinewood precinct, which includes Munds Park, will hold the PPE vote by mail. Mundsies choosing to vote in person on Election Day may do so at the Highlands Fire Department or any of the vote centers across the county ( There will be a polling place in Munds Park in August and November.

As for why Mundsies residents vote at Highlands Fire Department for their presidential pick, it’s a matter of numbers. The combined registered Democrats and Republicans in the Park don’t meet the threshold for a separate polling place. But, with Independents and non-affiliated voters included, there are enough people to hold both primary and general elections at the Pinewood Fire Department.

Presidential Preference Election

Early Ballot

The last day to request an early ballot is Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. You can request early ballots online at

In-Person Voting

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

6 am - 7 pm

The Highlands Fire Department

3350 Old Munds Hwy

Flagstaff, AZ 86005

For More Information and Additional Questions, Contact us at:

Phone: (928) 679-7896

Deadline's to Register to Vote

February 12, 2024

Last day to register to vote for March 12, 2024 Election at 11:59 p.m.

February 20, 2024

Last day to register to vote for March 19, 2024 Presidential Preference Election at 11:59 p.m.

April 22, 2024

Last day to register to vote for May 21, 2024 Election at 11:59 p.m.

July 08, 2024

Last day to register to vote for August 6, 2024 Primary Election at 11:59 p.m.

October 07, 2024 Last day to register to vote for November 5, 2024 General Election at 11:59 p.m.

Register to vote here!


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