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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
602-350-2834 - mobile

Twitter: @therealAZsos

Friday is deadline to request early ballot for Special Election

Statewide voter registration slips as May 18 election approaches

PHOENIX – Arizona registered voters who'd like to request a Special Election early ballot must do so by 5 p.m. Friday, May 7 .

Voters may ask for an early ballot from their local county Recorder 's Office. Contact information for each of those county offices is available at:

Counties are making available a series of special polling places at which voters can cast their early ballot in person. Those locations will remain open until 5 p.m. on May 14 . Early ballots not already cast or mailed by then must be voted in person on Election Day, May 18 .

Visit for more Special Election information.

In preparation for the Special Election, Secretary of State Ken Bennett released the latest figures for statewide voter registration. Those figures show that registration has continued to slide, dropping by nearly 34,000 voters from the last statewide count in March. Arizona now has 3,066,757 registered voters.

The decline was steepest for the Arizona Democratic Party. It lost nearly 23,000 registered voters since the March report, and now has 1,001,786 members in Arizona . Republican Party registration declined by nearly 13,000 voters, to 1,108,791, and Libertarian registration fell by 666, to 24,006.

The Arizona Green Party, newly recognized by the state, reported 4,345 registered voters.

Voters may locate their polling place for the May 18 Special Election by contacting their local county Recorder's Office or using the Secretary of State's new Voter View tool:

Key upcoming dates:

  • May 7 : Last day to request a mail-in ballot.
  • May 14 : Last day that special Early Voting locations will be open.
  • May 18 : Election Day. Early ballots not already mailed in can be dropped off at the County Recorder 's office or any polling place.

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For all media questions, or to schedule an interview with Secretary Bennett, contact Matthew Benson, director of communications, at (602) 350-2834.