Statewide voter registration falls slightly
Two major political parties lose ground; ranks of Independent voters grow
PHOENIX – The latest figures for statewide voter registration are down.
As of March 1, 2010, the state of Arizona had 3,110,725 active, registered voters, according to figures released Wednesday by Secretary of State Ken Bennett. That's 5,364 fewer registered voters than the state had Jan 1, 2010, following the end of the fourth quarter.
Five of the state's 15 counties saw declines in registered voters. The largest reductions came in Pima County , with 6,464 fewer voters than the Jan. 1 report, and Maricopa County , with 3,154 fewer. The biggest registration increase was in Pinal County , which added 1,930 voters to its rolls.
The dip in voter registration may be partially attributable to a deep economic slump that has some workers fleeing Sun Belt states such as Arizona . Regardless, voter registration in the state is expected to begin climbing once more as public interest builds in anticipation of the Aug. 24 primary election and Nov. 2 general election.
“Over the long term, voter registration in Arizona is trending in one direction, and that's ‘up',” said Secretary Bennett. “Nearly 125,000 Arizonans have joined the voter rolls since the 2008 general election.”
Growing fastest are voters who register as Independent, unaffiliated or members of an unrecognized political party. These voters, lumped together in the “Other” category, numbered 939,542 as of March 1 – up 10,323 from Jan. 1.
Voter registration declined for both of the state's major political parties. Republican registration decreased by 5,896 voters, and now stands at 1,121,753. The Democratic decline was more pronounced, with 9,637 voters leaving the party since Jan. 1. There now are 1,024,758 active, registered Democrats in Arizona .
Said Secretary Bennett: “Voter frustration with the major parties continues to fuel growth among independent and unaffiliated voters. At this rate, these voters may approach or eclipse 1 million in time for this year's general election.”
Libertarian registration decreased slightly to 24,672 voters, down 154 from the Jan. 1 report.
The latest voter registration figures by county, congressional district and legislative district are included with this media release. Copies are available at the Secretary of State's Office on the 7th Floor of the Executive Tower at the State Capitol, by calling 602-542-8683 or 1-877-THE-VOTE (1-877-843-8683), or Online at www.azsos.gov.
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