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Sat, Oct. 19

Local voters' registration deadline fast approaching

Mohave County residents who want a voice in the selection of the Democratic Party's presidential candidate need to register as Democrats by Jan.

5.

That's the word from Mohave County elections director Allen Temper.

Normally, independent or non-affiliated Arizona voters can vote in the political party primary of their choosing.

But that's not the case with the Democratic presidential preference election, which is governed by a separate state statute.

Next year, Arizona will have only the Democratic presidential preference election.

On Feb.

3, 2003, registered Democrats will be able to select from nine candidates to be their party's nominee for president.

Delegates to the Republican Party Convention in New York City next summer will be selected in county and state conventions this spring.

Mohave County Democrats will help select Arizona's 63 delegates to the Democrat National Committee Convention, which will be held July 26-29 in Boston.

As of Oct.

31, there were 24,644 registered Democrats in Mohave County, according to county registration official Erma Allen.

There were 37,217 Republicans and 20,992 independent or non-affiliated registered voters.

The remaining 379 active voters included 254 Libertarians, 76 members of the Reform Party and 40 Green Party members.

Early voting for Arizona's 2004 Democratic presidential preference election begins Jan.

19.

Arizona's primary will be held the same day as primaries in Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Delaware.

Democrats in New Mexico and North Dakota will participate in caucuses on Feb.

3.

These primaries and caucuses will come a week after the New Hampshire primary and 15 days after the Iowa caucuses.

The Democratic presidential candidates held a debate Oct.

9 in Phoenix.

A Rocky Mountain Poll of Arizona Democrats conducted shortly after the debate showed former Vermont Gov.

Howard Dean in a tie with Connecticut Sen.

Joseph Lieberman and former Army Gen.

Wesley Clark.

Many poll respondents were undecided, however.

Clark has begun airing TV commercials in the state, and Dean plans to do so next week.

Other candidates are: Congressmen Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Sens.

John Edwards of North Carolina and John Kerry of Massachusetts, former Illinois Sen.

Carol Moseley Braun and the Rev.

Al Sharpton.

Those who want to register or re-register can do so in person at Mohave County offices at 315 E.

Oak St.

in Kingman.

For information, call 753-0767.

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