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Time draws near to make a pick

Mohave County Republicans and Democrats might want to start taking a closer look at their party's candidates for president.

Feb. 5 marks the date for Arizona's presidential preference election.

Only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will be able to vote in this election. Voters registered as Libertarian, independent or "party not designated" will not be able to participate. They will have to wait until the November general election to vote for president.

The deadline for registering to vote is Jan. 7. Early voting for this election starts Jan. 10.

According to the Arizona Revised Statues, a presidential preference election must be held each year there is a presidential election.

In a presidential preference election, voters get to choose which presidential candidate from their party they want Arizona's delegates to the national conventions to vote for.

Only political parties recognized by the state can participate in the election. Arizona currently recognizes three parties, the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties. This year, the leaders of the Libertarian party decided not to participate in the election.

Currently, there are 24 presidential candidates for each of the two participating parties on the secretary of state's Web site.

Many of the candidates are from Arizona. There are 13 Democratic candidates and seven Republican candidates that list Arizona as their home state.

For this election, the department has consolidated 34 of the county's 73 voting precincts. It also plans to mail ballots to voters in four precincts.

Those wishing to register to vote can request a registration form from the Voter Registration Division in the Mohave County Recorder's Office at 700 W. Beale St. or by calling 753-0767.

In order to register to vote you:

• Must be a citizen of the United States of America.

• Must be a resident of Arizona.

• Must be 18 years of age or older on or before the day of the next regular general election.

• Must not be a convicted felony, unless your civil rights have been restored.

• Must not have been adjudicated incompetent.

• Must have proof of citizenship, such as a driver's license, a birth certificate, passport, naturalization papers or tribal registration information.

Residents can also register to vote online at the Arizona Secretary of State's Office Web site

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