Already Voted For a Candidate Who Dropped Out? You’re Out of Luck.

Already Voted For a Candidate Who Dropped Out? You’re Out of Luck.

By Jessica Swarner

March 5, 2020

In Arizona, there is no second chance voting. 

If you’re an Arizona Democrat who’s already mailed in your Presidential Preference Election ballot or voted in person, hopefully your preferred candidate is still in the game. 

The state cannot reissue a new ballot if one has already been turned in, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department, even if the selected candidate has since dropped out. 

However, if a voter in Maricopa County marks their ballot at home and changes their mind before sending it in, they can request a new ballot by Friday either online or by calling 602-506-1511. They can also vote in person instead, either as part of early voting or on the day of the election – March 17. 

Or, voters can follow instructions on the ballot for how to correct their selection, and a bipartisan panel will review and report the voter’s intended choice.

That candidates on the ballot who are still actively running are:

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Joe Biden
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente
  • Michael Ellinger
  • Henry Hewes

The candidates who appear on the ballot but have since dropped out are: 

  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Michael R. Bloomberg 
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Tom Steyer
  • Deval Patrick
  • Michael Bennet
  • Andrew Yang
  • John Delaney
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Cory Booker
  • Julián Castro

Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election is on March 17. The election is closed to non-party members, meaning only registered Democrats can vote for their preferred presidential candidate. According to Maricopa County, there are 732,380 Democrats in the area eligible to vote. 

The county has already sent out about 570,000 early ballots and processed nearly 150,000 returned ballots. Anyone wishing to vote by mail can request a ballot up through Friday.

Mail-in ballots must be returned by March 11. After that date, the state recommends voters turn in their ballot at any polling location or ballot drop box. Anyone wanting to know the status of their mail-in ballot can text “EV” to 628683 or check online to see if it was received and counted.

March 13 is the last day to vote early at polling locations in person.


  • Jessica Swarner

    Jessica Swarner is the community editor for The Copper Courier. She is an ASU alumna and previously worked at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix.

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