/ Modified aug 17, 2020 4:25 p.m.

August primary was one for the record books

Turnout for the primary was unprecedented.

Statewide turnout for the August primary election was 36.45%, a number Secretary of State Katie Hobbs called “historic”.

In all, 1.4 million ballots were cast by Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian voters. 88% of the ballots cast for the August 4 election were cast early according to the Secretary of State’s office. In Pima County, about 91% of votes were cast early.

Arizona allowed voters to get an absentee ballot without an excuse beginning in 1997. In 2007, the state established the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) which allows Arizona voters to sign up to always receive an early ballot in the mail.

Last week, Hobbs asked the Arizona Attorney General to investigate whether or not President Trump violated Arizona election law by withholding funding from the U.S. Post Office.

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