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It's Tuesday! But not just any day two of the week — it's an election Tuesday! We hope your friends would be this calm around the real Devin Booker.

Today's weather: 🌦 A high of 105 with the potential for a stray thunderstorm.

Today's newsletter is 838 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: It's election day!

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Primary election day is here! If you haven't cast a ballot yet, you still have all day to do so.

Of note: If you still have your early ballot, forget about putting it in the mail.

  • Instead, drop your signed-and-sealed early ballot off at any polling place. You don't even have to wait in line!
  • You can also put it in any non-USPS drop box.

Get out and vote: If you want to cast a ballot in person, you can do so at any voting center in Maricopa County.

  • Voters in the county are no longer restricted to voting at a precinct-based polling place that serves their neighborhood. Any voting center will print out your correct ballot.
  • The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has a list of voting centers and drop box locations on its website.
  • Voting centers opened at 6am and close at 7pm, but as long as you're in line by closing time, you can still vote no matter how long it takes.

What to bring: You need your photo ID with your name and address.

  • You don't need it if you're just dropping off your early ballot. Election officials use the signature on your envelope to confirm your identity.

Worth knowing: If you've already voted by mail in Maricopa County, you can check here to see if your ballot has been counted.

State of play: You can track the results of today's races as they come in on the secretary of state and county recorder websites.

  • The first batch of results will be released around 8pm.

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2. 🙅‍♂️ We don't need no stinkin' runoffs

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Unlike in some other states, Arizona voters won't have to look ahead to a runoff election to decide the Democratic and Republican nominees after the final votes are tallied from today's primary.

The back story: Arizona has never had runoffs for primaries, but there was a brief period in the early 1990s when the state experimented with runoffs for general contests for statewide offices.

Context: In 1986, Republican Evan Mecham was elected governor with just under 40% of the vote in a three-way race against Democrat Carolyn Warner and Democrat-turned-independent Bill Shultz.

  • Mecham quickly came under fire after a series of controversial and offensive comments. He was impeached and removed from office for misuse of state funds and obstruction of justice after just 15 months.

To avoid future Mecham-type situations, the legislature referred a measure to the ballot in 1988, which voters approved, requiring candidates to get the majority of the vote.

  • If no one got 50-plus-1, the top two candidates would face each other in a runoff election.

Yes, but: In the 1990 gubernatorial election, Republican Fife Symington got 49.7% to Democrat Terry Goddard's 49.2%, but because third-party candidates won small shares of the vote as well, Symington fell slightly short of a majority.

  • There were no laws on the books governing how runoff elections would work, so then-Gov. Rose Mofford had to call a special session.
  • Symington won the 1991 runoff election and took office on March 6, two months into the legislative session.

Lawmakers were so disgusted with the mess caused by the runoff requirement that by the time he took office, they were already debating proposals to send the issue back to the ballot in 1992. Voters decided to return to the previous system: The candidate with the most votes won, regardless of whether they received the majority.

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3. Chips and salsa: An extra side of news

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

🏠 Valley home prices are down $25,000 from June, but don't expect the market to crash. (AZcentral)

🚨 Scottsdale Police will hold a mass casualty training tomorrow at a nightclub in Old Town to prepare for responding to active shootings. (KTAR)

🏗 A developer plans to build more than 350 rental homes near the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. factory under construction in north Phoenix. (Phoenix Business Journal)

💸 Most of Arizona's lottery revenue goes to the state general fund and not to the community benefit funds advertised by the lottery. (KJZZ)

4. 🗣 Get out and vote!

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Photos: Jeremy Duda and Jessica Boehm/Axios

👋 Jessica and Jeremy here! We both voted by mail, so we're already sporting our stickers!

State of play: We're big believers that voting matters because we've covered enough elections to know that every vote counts!

  • Just ask Kate Brophy McGee and Christine Marsh: In 2018, Brophy McGee beat Marsh for the senate seat in District 28 by just 267 votes. Two years later, Marsh beat Brophy McGee by 497 votes.

Primary turnout, especially during a non-presidential election year, is usually pretty darn low.

  • In 2018, about 1.2 million Arizonans cast ballots during the primary. That was about a third of registered voters.
  • To put it into perspective, the total attendance at Diamondbacks games during the 2018 season was 2.24 million. And they weren't very good.

Our thought bubble: You can't complain if you don't vote — so if you're registered, make sure to fulfill your civic duty today. And if you're eligible, but not registered, do so now so you're ready for November.

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